Flanagan, Richard

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(1961-    ) Australian author whose third novel, Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001) describes early Australian history – specifically the deeply troubled culture of Tasmania – in terms at points reminiscent of the Magic Realism techniques used by Latin American writers in their manufacture of national myths of origin; the tale is a central example of what has come to be known as Tasmanian Gothic, with the landscape itself providing the Gothic element. The Unknown Terrorist (2006) is a Near Future tale set in a Sydney so greedy to embrace the exorbitances of security theatre that the merciless destruction of an innocent life can be understood – even welcomed – as collateral damage necessary to make a good showing. [JC]

Richard Flanagan

born Longford, Tasmania: 1961




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