The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Hardcover)

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This harrowing story of POWs working on Japan’s notorious Burma Death Road railway is an epic made up of a thousand intimate moments. At the depth of history’s darkest episode, Flanagan has found a fascinating, complex hero. One of the most powerful novels I’ve read this year. Breathtaking. — Charles Bottomley


Winner of the Man Booker Prize

"Nothing since Cormac McCarthy's The Road has shaken me like this." --The Washington Post

From the author of the acclaimed Gould's Book of Fish, a magisterial novel of love and war that traces the life of one man from World War II to the present.

August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

About the Author

Richard Flanagan's five previous novels--Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting--have received numerous honors and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He lives in Tasmania.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780385352857
ISBN-10: 0385352859
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 12th, 2014
Pages: 334
Language: English