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'In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna's aged mother is dying—if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.

'When Anna's finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window. She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the reader ever deeper into a strangely beautiful novel about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.

'An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving—and astonishing—best.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication :

    For David and Diane
    Masters
    –lighthouse keepers–

  • Epigraph:

    'To the axe of the spoiler and self-interest fell a prey;
    And Crossberry Way and old Round Oak's narrow lane
    With its hollow trees like pulpits, I shall never see again:
    Inclosure like a Bonaparte let not a thing remain,
    It levelled every bush and tree and levelled every hill
    And hung the moles for traitors—though the brook is running still,
    It runs a naked brook, cold and chill.'

    - John Clare, Remembrances

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2020 .
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      • Published 29th September 2020
      ISBN: 9781760899943

Other Formats

  • Sound recording.
  • Large print.
  • Dyslexic edition.

Works about this Work

As the World Burns Damien Cave , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 30 May 2021; (p. 13)

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'When the characters in Richard Flanagan’s intriguing new novel look at their phones, the sentences run on without punctuation. It’s a stylistic, reader-focused tic: We join the uninterrupted stream of photos and headlines from the catastrophic wildfires that scorched Australia a little over a year ago. We glide past “incinerated kangaroos in fetal clutches of fencing wire charred koalas burnt bloated cattle on their backs.”' (Introduction)

Back to Basics Geordie Williamson , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19 December 2020; (p. 14)
[Review] The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Helen Elliott , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 172 2020;

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel
A Rising Scream : An Essay on the Metaphysics of Love James Ley , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 426 2020; (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'The Living Sea of Waking Dreams begins, self-consciously, at the limits of language. Its opening pages are rendered in a prose style that is fragmented and contorted. Sentences break down, run into each other. Syntax is twisted into odd shapes that call into question the very possibility of meaning. Words seem to arrive pre-estranged by semantic satiation in a way that evokes Gertrude Stein or Samuel Beckett at their most opaque: ‘As if they too were already then falling apart, so much ash and soot soon to fall, so much smoke to suck down. As if all that can be said is we say you and if that then. Them us were we you?’' (Introduction)

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan Review – A Wrenching Response to a Devastated World Beejay Silcox , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 October 2020;

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'In this magical realist tale, Flanagan’s extinction metaphor is not subtle – but the fiction of the Anthropocene can’t afford to be.'

As She Lay Dying Geordie Williamson , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26 September 2020; (p. 23)

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'There is a telling moment in Life After Death, the 2015 BBC documentary about Richard Flanagan. All the Tasmanian writer’s novels are addressed chronologically during the film. Flanagan is prompted in each instance to explain the genesis of a work: the real-life inspiration, or those biographical or historical facts on which a particular fiction is based. All of which, dutifully and fluently, he does.' (Introduction)

Review : Richard Flanagan’s The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Considers Griefs Big and Small Tony Hughes-d'Aeth , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 October 2020;

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan’s eighth novel, is one of a slew of novels one expects to emerge from the shadow of the 2019–2020 bushfire season that darkened the skies of eastern Australia for weeks on end, scorching forests from Byron Bay to Kangaroo Island.' (Introduction)

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan Review – A Wrenching Response to a Devastated World Beejay Silcox , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 October 2020;

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'In this magical realist tale, Flanagan’s extinction metaphor is not subtle – but the fiction of the Anthropocene can’t afford to be.'

A Rising Scream : An Essay on the Metaphysics of Love James Ley , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 426 2020; (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel

'The Living Sea of Waking Dreams begins, self-consciously, at the limits of language. Its opening pages are rendered in a prose style that is fragmented and contorted. Sentences break down, run into each other. Syntax is twisted into odd shapes that call into question the very possibility of meaning. Words seem to arrive pre-estranged by semantic satiation in a way that evokes Gertrude Stein or Samuel Beckett at their most opaque: ‘As if they too were already then falling apart, so much ash and soot soon to fall, so much smoke to suck down. As if all that can be said is we say you and if that then. Them us were we you?’' (Introduction)

[Review] The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Helen Elliott , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 172 2020;

— Review of The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Richard Flanagan , 2020 single work novel
Richard Flanagan : 'Despair Is Always Rational, but Hope Is Human' Michael Williams , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 29 September 2020;

'Novelist Richard Flanagan talks about the themes in his new book – grief and loss, but also possibility, and the beauty of a disappearing world'

Back to Basics Geordie Williamson , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19 December 2020; (p. 14)
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