Death of a river guide was called haunting and ambitious by the new york times book review and a remarkable achievement by the washington post book world it confirms richard flanagans place among the worlds most remarkable voices. Death of a river guide richard flanagans debut novel is widely regarded as a classic in australian literature 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. Death of a river guide is a 1994 novel by australian author richard flanagan death of a river guide was flanagans first novel awards festival awards for literature sa national fiction award 1996 winner victorian premiers literary award shaeffer . His first death of a river guide 1994 was short listed for the miles franklin award as were his next two the sound of one hand clapping 1997 and goulds book of fish 2001 hi richard flanagan born 1961 is an author historian and film director from tasmania australia. Ljaz cosini the river guide and narrator of death of a river guide undergoes a vivid mystical journey through time and space while slowly drowning in a tasmanian riverwhat materializes is an inventive portrait of man and land intertwined through generations of pain hardship and blood
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