Seize the Fire

Seize the Fire

Three Speeches

by Richard Flanagan

Paperback Publication Date: 29/10/2018

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In Seize the Fire, Richard Flanagan argues that Australia is not a fixed entity, but a molten idea – a country with a future that is ours to shape and ours to dream anew.

Australia is not a fixed entity, a collection of outdated bigotries and reactionary credos, but rather an invitation to dream, and this country-our country-belongs to its dreamers...if we are finally to once more go forward as a people it's time our dreamers were brought in from the cold.

Richard Flanagan's speeches have become unique literary events attended by sellout crowds, reported in national and international media, and a spur to widespread debate and discussion.

Gathered here are three of his recent speeches in which he interweaves topics as diverse as troubadour poetry, love stories and the murder of the refugee Reza Barati; his top ten Tasmanian novels and the Australian Pacific solution; and his much-celebrated National Press Club address where he questioned the militarisation of Australian memory and argued for the need for formal Indigenous recognition.

Comic, illuminating and deeply moving, this is writing speaking to the great questions of our time and our country.

ISBN:
9780143795322
9780143795322
Category:
Social & cultural history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
29-10-2018
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
96
Dimensions (mm):
179x111x15mm
Weight:
0.09kg
Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1840s. His father is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. One of his three brothers is Australian Rules football journalist Martin Flanagan. He grew up in the remote mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s western coast.

His novels, Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book Of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries.

He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

His latest book The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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