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Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
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'A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

'August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

'This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For prisoner san byaku san ju go (335)
  • Epigraph:

    A bee

    staggers out

    of the peony.

    – Basho

  • Epigraph: Mother, they write poems. -Paul Celan
  • Other formats: Also sound recording; large print; ebook

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House , 2013 .
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      • Publication date: 23 September 2013
      ISBN: 9781741666700
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      Chatto and Windus , 2014 .
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      Extent: 448p.
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      • Publication date: 03 July 2014
      ISBN: 9780701189051
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2014 .
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      Extent: 467p.
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      • Published November 2014
      ISBN: 9780857980366
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2014 .
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      Extent: 496p.
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      • Published: 1st December 2014
      ISBN: 9780857987921
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      Vintage , 2015 .
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      • Published 26 March 2015.
      ISBN: 9780099593584
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Vintage International , 2015 .
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      Extent: 397p.p.
      ISBN: 9780804171472, 0804171475
Alternative title: De smalle weg naar het verre noorden
Language: Dutch
    • Antwerp, Belgium, Western Europe, Europe,: De Bezige Bij , 2014 .
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      Extent: 388p.
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      • Published 16 August 2014
      ISBN: 9789085425700, 9085425700

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