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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)

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

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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      Western Europe, Europe,
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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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      Western Europe, Europe,
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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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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      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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      Americas,
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      Atlantic Books ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 377p.p.
      ISBN: 9781782395638, 1782395636
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Random House ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781784702908, 1784702900
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

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)
Echoes between Van Diemen’s Land and Tasmania : Sound and the Space of the Island in Richard Flanagan’s Death of a River Guide and Carmel Bird’s Cape Grimm Joseph Cummins , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , June vol. 49 no. 2 2014;

'This article encounters two Tasmanian novels, Richard Flanagan’s Death of a River Guide (1994) and Carmel Bird’s Cape Grimm (2004). The novels each contain two soundscapes: one detailing the hidden histories of violence and genocide at the frontier meeting of Aboriginal people and colonialists in the 1820s, and a second, set in a contemporary timeframe, that echoes these past traumas within the lives of characters facing extinction of their own. Deploying a close listening approach in the analysis of these soundscapes, the essay charts the space of the island in the novels, arguing that the resonance between the soundscapes past and present constitutes a transhistorical continuum of sound that links the colonial to the present. While there are both similarities and differences between the soundscapes in Flanagan and Bird, in the novels the sonic continuum reconstructs colonial history and remaps the space of the island. The discussion is positioned in relation to discourses of sound in Australian gothic literature, haunting, and theories of space.' (Publication summary)

Submerging the Imperial Eye : Affective Narration as Environmentalist Intervention in Richard Flanagan’s Death of a River Guide Laura A. White , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth Literature , June vol. 47 no. 2 2012; (p. 265-279)
'In Richard Flanagan's novel, Death of a River Guide, the narrator, river guide Aljaz Cosini, occupies an unusual position; throughout the novel, he remains underwater, drowning in Tasmania's Franklin River. Bringing postcolonial analyses of the novel form into conversation with ecofeminist critiques of rationalist constructions of the human, I contend that Flanagan uses the position of his narrator to deliver a critique of the imperial eye and the rationalist construction of the human that it manifests, revealing their complicity in reinforcing an illusion of human separation from non-human nature that has destructive environmental consequences. Affect scholarship provides a framework for studying the alternative model that Flanagan provides as he narrates Aljaz's "visions" in ways that force a rethinking of the human in non-reductive, non-binary terms that preserve the relationality between mind and body, human and non-human nature. Attending to Flanagan's narrative strategies in the context of Tasmanian environmental history and Flanagan's environmental activism, I contend that his novel constitutes an environmentalist intervention that demands increased attention to the role that constructions of the human play in our relationships with non-human nature and to the role that novels can play in perpetuating or challenging destructive understandings of the human.' (Author's 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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