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The Boat
Author: Nam Le

ISBN: 9780143009610
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2 March 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.800 x 12.9 x 2.300
'The Boat raises the bar for Australian writing.'

'Nam Le is . . . a disturber of the peace.

'Consider the subjects of his stories: a child assassin in Colombia ('Cartagena'), an ageing New York artist desperate for a reconciliation with his daughter ('Meeting Elise'), a boy's coming of age in a rough Victorian fishing town ('Halflead Bay'), before the first atomic bomb falls in Japan ('Hiroshima'), The suffocations of theocracy in Iran ('Tehran Calling'). This astonishing range is topped and tailed by accounts of the uneasy reunion of a young Vietnamese writer in America with his ex-soldier father, and by the title story - the escape of a group of exhausted refugees from the Vietcong in a wallowing boat.


- Dylan Thomas Prize (UK) 2009 - Winner Fiction
- Commonwealth Writers' Prize Regional 2009 - Long-listed Best First Book
- SMH Young Novelist 2009 - Winner
- NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2009 - Winner Book of the Year
- NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2009 - Winner New Writing
- A...

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