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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 The Sound of One Hand Clapping
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'In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian wilderness, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, Sonja's mother walked into a blizzard never to return. Some thirty-five years later, when Sonja visits Tasmania and her drunkard father, the shadows of the past begin to intrude into the present - changing forever his living death and her ordered life.' (Source: Libraries Australia).

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan , ( dir. Richard Flanagan ) Adelaide : Artist Services , 1997 Z1033852 1997 single work film/TV

'It's 1968. Sixteen-year-old Sonja leaves her alcoholic father and troubled past, gets on a bus and never looks back. Twenty years later she decides it's time to find out what she was running from. Single and pregnant, she returns to the migrant worker's camp in the Tasmanian Highlands she once called home and finally uncovers the truth she wasn't told as a child.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 18/3/2014)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Archie Flanagan, Helen Flanagan, Anton Smolej. Forgive me its failings, but I tell it with love.
  • Discussion notes available.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      Picador ,
      1997 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 425p.
      Reprinted: 1998 Seven times , 1999 Four times
      ISBN: 0333352911, 9780330352925
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Grove Press ,
      1997 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 425p.
      ISBN: 9780802137845 (pbk.)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 1998 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 425p.
      ISBN: 0330360426
    • London,
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      England,
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      Picador ,
      1999 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 425p.p.
      ISBN: 9780330352925, 033035292X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Atlantic Monthly Press ,
      2000 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 425p.
      Edition info: 1st Atlantic Monthly Press ed.
      ISBN: 0871138026, 9780802137845
    • London,
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      England,
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      Vintage ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 448p.
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      • Published: 26th May 2016

      ISBN: 9781784704186
Alternative title: Am Anfang der Erinnerung : Roman
Language: German
    • Munich,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Kindler ,
      1998 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 382p.
      ISBN: 3463403455

Works about this Work

Richard Flanagan, a Bright Star Rising from Australian Literary World Li Yao , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , no. 2 2015; (p. 215-219)
'Being unfamiliar to most Chinese readers, Richard Flanagan is one of the most accomplished and distinctive writers in Australia in recent twenty years. Representing growing diversification of multiculturalism in Australia, all his works, from Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould's Book of Fish : A Novel in Twelve Fish to The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North, are miraculous flowers bursting into bloom in the fertile soil of life, in which there is a conciliation of post-modernism and realism in creation, characterized by strong self-consciousness and magnificent realistic features. Some critics argue Flanagan reminds them of such masters as Whitman, Joyce, Faulkner and Garcia Marquez etc. As the laureat of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for English literature, Richard Flanagan is a bright star rising high from Tasmania, Australia.' (215-216)
Communicating the Incommunicable Kirsten Krauth , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , June vol. 47 no. 1 2015; (p. 14-17)
Representations of Slovenia in Mainstream Australian Literature Igor Maver , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Selected Essays on Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Literatures 2014; (p. 100-105)
The Trauma of Immigration and the Ethics of Self-Positioning in Richard Flanagan's The Sound of One Hand Clapping Heinz Antor , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Splintered Glass : Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond 2011; (p. 205-220)
Australian Mountains: Myth and Reality, Devastation and Regeneration Colette Selles , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mountains Figured and Disfigured in the English-Speaking World 2010; (p. 646-660)
Lives Sustained by the Memory of Love Jennifer Moran , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 October 1997; (p. C11)

— Review of The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan , 1997 single work novel
Echoes of Demidenko and Tasmanian Madness Peter Pierce , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 October 1997; (p. 11s)

— Review of The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan , 1997 single work novel
Lighting the Fire of Language Under a Migrant's Experience Catherine Ford , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 November 1997; (p. 12)

— Review of The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan , 1997 single work novel
Tassie's Deep Blues Anna Johnson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 November 1997; (p. rev 29)

— Review of The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan , 1997 single work novel
Picture of a Thousand Words Katharine England , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 November 1997; (p. 23)

— Review of The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan , 1997 single work novel
Australian Writing : Deep Ecology and Julia Leigh's The Hunter Tony Hughes-d'Aeth , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 1 no. 2002; (p. 19-31)
Slovene Immigrants in Australia in Richard Flanagan's Novel The Sound of One Hand Clapping Mirko Jurak , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Acta Neophilologica , vol. 34 no. 1-2 2001; (p. 17-29, 122)
Richard Flanagan's Novel and Film 'The Sound of One Hand Clapping' and Australia's Multicultural Film Genre Adi Wimmer , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 48 no. 2003; (p. 127-143) Postcolonial Subjects : Canadian and Australian Perspectives 2004; (p. 179-196)
Re-Thinking Marginality : Class, Identity and Desire in Contemporary Australian Writing Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 1 no. 1 2004; (p. 45-68)
Memories in a Suitcase : Migrancy and Translation in Richard Flanagan's The Sound of One Hand Clapping Alice Healy , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Regenerative Spirit : Volume 2 : (Un)settling, (Dis)locations, (Post-)colonial, (Re)presentations - Australian Post-Colonial Reflections 2004; (p. 264-271)
Healy explores the adaptation of novels to film, and the processes this involves of translation and interpretation. She focuses on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, where both novel and film were written by the author at much the same time, with the translation being something of a dialogical process.
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