“In this stunning and brilliant and roaring book he shouts the question loudly to be heard in every nation ranged against brooding Bin Laden and his teams of killers: Is our own paranoia dragging us down faster than the coward in the cave could ever dream? Are we so afraid of terrorists that we will terrify the innocent among us? Are we building vast fortresses in which to imprison ourselves?” Brian Doyle, The Oregonian
The Unknown Terrorist
978-0-8021-4354-9 • $14.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2008
Richard Flanagan’s previous novels, including Gould’s Book of Fish, have been some of the most celebrated and beloved works of fiction in recent years. His latest book, The Unknown Terrorist, has been acclaimed as “a masterpiece in craft and structure” by The Washington Times. A mesmerizing and hard-hitting work, it confirms the dizzying breadth of his range and vision. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country? Gina Davies is about to find out when, after a night spent with an attractive stranger, she becomes a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium and her one-night stand goes missing, Davis spends five days on the run and witnesses every truth of her life twisted into a betrayal. The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror-alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown push a nation ever closer to the breaking point. In The Unknown Terrorist, one of the most brilliant writers working in the English language today turns his attention to the most timely of subjectswhat our leaders tell us about the threats against us and how we cope with living in fear. It is an extraordinary achievement, chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar.