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Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Death of a River Guide
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'Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning. Beset by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears. As the river rises his visions grow more turbulent, and in the flood of the past Aljaz discovers the soul history his country'. (Source: Trove)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1994 .
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      Extent: 326p.
      ISBN: 0869143441
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1996 .
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      Extent: 326p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      ISBN: 0140257853, 9780140257854
    • London,
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      England,
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      Picador ,
      1997 .
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      Extent: 326p.
      ISBN: 0330352822, 9780330352826, 0330350315, 9780330350310
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Grove Press ,
      ca. 2001 .
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      Extent: 326p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0802116825
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Atlantic Books ,
      2004 .
      Extent: 326p.
      ISBN: 1843542196 (pbk.), 9781843542193
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2004 .
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      Extent: 326p.
      Note/s:
      • Previously published: New York : Grove Press, 2001.
      ISBN: 0330364758
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2011 .
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      Extent: 352p.p.
      Reprinted: 19 Mar 2018
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 December 2011 (ebook) and 1 February 2012 (paperback).

      ISBN: 9781742756127 (ebook), 9781742755106 (paperback)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Atlantic Books ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 377p.p.
      ISBN: 9781782395638, 1782395636
    • London,
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      Random House ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781784702908, 1784702900
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2018 .
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      Extent: 326p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 19 March 2018.

      ISBN: 9780143790754, 0143790757
Alternative title: A Contre-Courant
Language: French
    • Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Flammarion ,
      2000 .
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      Extent: 349p.
      ISBN: 2080678825
    • Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      10-18 ,
      2008 .
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      Extent: 379p.
      ISBN: 9782264037060

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  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

Sublime Wilderness : Embracing the Non-Human in Richard Flanagan’s Tasmania Ben Holgate , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Climate and Crises : Magical Realism as Environmental Discourse 2019; (p. 73-94)
'Narrator Sid Hammet's opening remark in Gould's Book of Fish (2001) encapsulates a recurring theme of Richard Flanagan's fiction: the perception of human existence as something bigger than Western materialism and urban existence, of anthropic life as one element within a profound, mysterious cosmos. Flanagan conveys this transcendental awareness through a style of writing that frequently involves magical realist elements and which is inextricably tied to a philosophy based on ecology and a connection to the Tasmanian landscape, a philosophy influenced by Indigenous Tasmanians and their precolonial culture. In particular, Flanagan blends the magical and the environmental through his persistent leitmotif of wilderness, specifically Tasmania's unique and remote South-West Wilderness.' (Introduction) 
 
y separately published work icon The 'Imagined Sound' of Australian Literature and Music Joseph Cummins , London : Anthem Press , 2019 18679009 2019 multi chapter work criticism

'‘Imagined Sound’ is a unique cartography of the artistic, historical and political forces that have informed the post-World War II representation of Australian landscapes. It is the first book to formulate the unique methodology of ‘imagined sound’, a new way to read and listen to literature and music that moves beyond the dominance of the visual, the colonial mode of knowing, controlling and imagining Australian space. Emphasising sound and listening, this approach draws out and re-examines the key narratives that shape and are shaped by Australian landscapes and histories, stories of first contact, frontier violence, the explorer journey, the convict experience, non-Indigenous belonging, Pacific identity and contemporary Indigenous Dreaming. ‘Imagined Sound’ offers a compelling analysis of how these narratives are reharmonised in key works of literature and music.

'To listen to and read imagined sound is to examine how works of literature and music evoke and critique landscapes and histories using sound. It is imagined sound because it is created by descriptive language and imaginative thought, and is as such an extension of the range of heard sound. The concept is inspired by Benedict Anderson’s key study of nationalism, ‘Imagined Communities’ (1983). Discussing official (and unofficial) national anthems, Anderson argues the imagined sound of these songs connects us all. This conception of sound operates in two ways: it places the listener within ‘the nation’ and it bypasses the problem of both space and time, enabling listeners from across a vast space to, simultaneously, become one. Following Anderson, imagined sound emphasises the importance of the imagination in the formation of landscapes and communities, and in the telling and retelling of histories. 

'’Imagined Sound’ encounters the different forms and tonalities of imagined sound – the soundscape, refrain, song, lyric, scream, voice and noise ¬– in novels, poems, art music, folk, rock, jazz and a film clip. To listen to these imagined sounds is to encounter the diverse ways that writers and musicians have reimagined and remapped Australian colonial/postcolonial histories, landscapes and mythologies. Imagined sound links the past to the present, enabling colonial landscapes and traumas to haunt the postcolonial; it carries and expresses highly personal and interior experiences and emotions; and it links people to the landscapes they inhabit and to the narratives and myths that give place meaning. As a reading and listening practice imagined sound pursues the unresolved conflicts that echo across the haunted soundscapes connecting the colonial past to the postcolonial present. The seeds of regeneration also bear fruit as writers and musicians imagine the future. ‘Imagined Sound’ fuses the spirit of close reading common to literary studies and the score analysis familiar to musicology with ideas from sound studies, philosophy, Island studies and postcolonial studies.' (Publication summary)

Groundwater as Hyperobject Deborah Wardle , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mosaic , June vol. 52 no. 2 2019; (p. 1-16)

'The essay explores ideas about groundwater in terms of its characteristics as a hyperobject. Key hydrogeology concepts and the conflicts and dilemmas in uses and abuses of groundwater in Australia underpin a search for the metaphorical potency of groundwater. Literature uncovers how allegorical tones of groundwater may be expressed.' (Publication abstract)

y separately published work icon Reckoning with the Past : Family Historiographies in Postcolonial Australian Literature Ashley Barnwell , Joseph Cummins , Abingdon : Routledge , 2018 17218286 2018 single work criticism

'This is the first book to examine how Australian fiction writers draw on family histories to reckon with the nation's colonial past. Located at the intersection of literature, history, and sociology, it explores the relationships between family storytelling, memory, and postcolonial identity. With attention to the political potential of family histories, Reckoning with the Past argues that authors' often autobiographical works enable us to uncover, confront, and revise national mythologies. An important contribution to the emerging global conversation about multidirectional memory and the need to attend to the effects of colonisation, this book will appeal to an interdisciplinary field of scholarly readers. '

Source: Publisher's blurb.

创伤、遗忘与宽恕–论《威弗利》的记忆书写 Cultural Memory and Identity Construction in The Death of a River Guide 张秀丽 , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , October vol. 40 no. 5 2018; (p. 168-176)

'The Australian writer Richard Flanagan’s “The Death of the River Guide” tells the story of a century-old legend of the ancient Tasmanian family, showing the arduous journey of the minority to pursue a unique cultural identity. Flanagan used the narrative of rivers to enter the historical gap, and through the evolution of the identity of minority groups, reveals the unity of opposites between individual imagination and collective memory. Through the dialectical tension between family memory, river narrative and hodgepodge, the novel highlights Flanagan's deep understanding of the cultural heritage of Australia and the construction of national identity and artistic creation.' (Computer generated abstract)

Adrift on River of Life Jill Kitson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 December 1994; (p. rev 6)

— Review of The Borrowed Girl Gabrielle Carey , 1994 single work novel ; Death of a River Guide Richard Flanagan , 1994 single work novel
Forecasts Helen Elliott , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , November vol. 74 no. 1053 1994; (p. 26-27)

— Review of Death of a River Guide Richard Flanagan , 1994 single work novel
Meet the Great Tasmanian Novel Robert Cox , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 5 December 1994; (p. 31)

— Review of Death of a River Guide Richard Flanagan , 1994 single work novel
Untitled Cherrill Vertigan , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: New Librarian , November vol. 1 no. 9 1994; (p. 36)

— Review of Death of a River Guide Richard Flanagan , 1994 single work novel
`I, Aljaz Cosini, River Guide...' Liam Davison , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1994-1995) no. 167 1994; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Death of a River Guide Richard Flanagan , 1994 single work novel
Taking the Waters : Abjection and Homecoming in The Shipping News and Death of a River Guide Fiona Polack , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 41 no. 1 2006; (p. 93-109)
The article argues that Annie Proulx's The Shipping News and Flanagan's Death of a River Guide 'construct Newfoundland and Tasmania as havens from the disorienting effects of postmodernism', and investigates 'how the two narratives bring their misfit protagonists back to the islands of their forefathers to undergo a traumatic but effective "process" of homecoming' (93).
Nationalism, Reconciliation, and the Cultural Genealogy of Magic in Richard Flanagan's Death of a River Guide Marc Delrez , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 42 no. 1 2007; (p. 117-129)
The author argues that Flanagan's Death of a River Guide need not be read as 'appropriation of Aboriginal culture and spirituality on the part of a white settler writer living in Australia.'
Wet, in the Mindscape of the Dry: Water Tanks as Nature/Culture Signifiers C. A. Cranston , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Words on Water: Literary and Cultural Representations 2008; (p. 23-38)
The author investigates the impact of Australian literature and European attitudes on water conservation in Australia.
Careful Mapping: Cassandra Pybus and Richard Flanagan Redraw Tasmania John Scheckter , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Who Cares? 2007; (p. 107-123)
Australian Masculinities Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 97-117)
This criticism looks at the forms of maleness celebrated by Australian writers and how that 'maleness' is not just constructed by men. Women, Pons argues, contribute to this construction.
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