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This is an auction for THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING, by Richard Flanagan.

"Tasmania--vast, mysterious, like 'the unknown country of the heart'--is the setting for this powerful tale of a father and daughter who struggle to rise above the forces of history and personal tragedy. Sonja Buloh barely remembers the night 35 years ago when her mother, Maria, walked out the door of their crude hut in the dismal construction camp at remote Butlers Gorge, never to return. The mystery and heartache surrounding that event echo through Sonja's young life all the way to 1989-90, when the pregnant Sonja returns from mainland Australia, longing to see Tasmania and her estranged father. Bojan Buloh was just another 'reffo' from a Slovenia ravaged by WWII, recruited 'to do the wog work of dam-building', when he found himself the lone parent of three-year-old Sonja. Bojan's poverty and his memories of his wife and of wartime atrocities made Sonja's childhood difficult; his brief hopes for another marriage were dashed, and Bojan fell into drinking and beating his daughter. Sonja's painful memories mix with those of her sober artie's (the affectionate Slovenian word for father) tenderness and his inspired woodworking ('his hands knew a restraint which lent him grace'). Only after confrontations, revelations and Bojan's symbolic and apocalyptic rebirth is the past redeemed and the pair reconciled. Australian writer Flanagan brilliantly illuminates the lives of those who are 'forgotten by history, irrelevant to history, yet shaped entirely by it'. His characters here transform tragedy as they discover their individual worth."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1999.

425 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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