Flanagan, Richard. THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 334 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Richard Flanagan collectible set. A fine copy of "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" First American Edition/First Printing, signed by Richard Flanagan, with a fine copy of the Uncorrected Proof. Both precede and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2015 Easton Press Edition, issued more than one year later. Published in small and limited first print runs as hardcover and softcover originals respectively. The First Edition is now rare. The author's sixth novel. One of the greatest novels of our time. Presents Richard Flanagan's "The Narrow Road To The Deep North". The Australian "War And Peace". The title itself is borrowed from Matsuo Basho's collection of haiku poems, as translated into English. With both irony and sadness, the novel is dedicated to his father, whom Flanagan names through his prisoner-number in Japanese: "For prisoner san byaku san ju go (335) ". "San byaku" is 300 in Japanese; "san" = 3; "go" = 5. His father, Number 335, was a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese Imperial Army, one of the few survivors of the Burma Death Railway (also known as "The Death Railway", as more than 100, 000 prisoners who worked on it died). He died on the day Flanagan finished his novel. "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" tells both his personal story and modern Australia's. Whereas Basho, regarded as the greatest haiku poet ever, captured reality in flashes of insight, Flanagan has written a big novel, robust, muscular, and earthy. "After setting down this masterwork of a novel, full of deep insight, afflicted love, and cosmic passion alongside painful, horrendous suffering, Flanagan's music still plays on and on in my head" (Alan Cheuse). Richard Flanagan is the closest thing we have right now to a literary hero in the best, Hemingway-esque sense of the word. His novel, hailed by the great novelist Peter Carey as a masterpiece, is a moving read and certain to endure. An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Flanagan collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Richard Flanagan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Uncorrected Proof. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only set of the First American Edition/First Printing and Uncorrected Proof available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Flanagan signed the Hardcover Edition, NOT the Uncorrected Proof. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2014 for "The Narrow Road To The Deep North". One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD FLANAGAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385352859. $200.00

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