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First Person
By (author): Richard Flanagan
9780525435778 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Mar 05, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.98 x 0.88 in 416 pages Vintage
Richard Flanagan, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, delivers his most personal novel to date: the story of a ghostwriter who falls under the spell of a sinister con man.

Kif Kehlmann, a young, penniless writer, thinks he’s finally caught a break when he’s offered $10,000 to ghostwrite the memoir of Siegfried “Ziggy” Heidl, the notorious con man and corporate criminal. Ziggy is about to go to trial for defrauding banks for $700 million; they have six weeks to write the book.

But Ziggy swiftly proves almost impossible to work with: evasive, contradictory, and easily distracted by his still-running “business concerns”—which Kif worries may involve hiring hitmen from their shared office. Worse, Kif finds himself sucked deeper and deeper into Ziggy’s odd, hypnotic orbit. As the deadline draws closer, Kif becomes increasingly unsure if he is ghostwriting a memoir or if Ziggy is rewriting him—his life, his future, and the very nature of the truth.

By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, First Person is a haunting look at an age where fact is indistinguishable from fiction.

FABULOUS FOLLOW-UP: This is Flanagan’s first new novel after the incredibly successful and acclaimed The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which won the Man Booker Prize, was a national bestseller in hardcover and paperback, and was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and NPR.

BASED ON A TRUE(ISH) STORY: Flanagan was inspired by the experience, early in his career, of ghostwriting a memoir for a con man who died while they were working together—resulting in a novel that feels eerily intimate.

SHARP SATIRE: First Person offers both an acerbic take on publishing, celebrity culture, and media, as well as a highly relevant look at our increasingly truth-deficient world. Flanagan is known for the intensity of his subject matter, and that’s still present here, but enhanced by a biting humor that adds a whole other dimension to his writing.

PRIZEWINNING AUTHOR: The Booker is only the latest of Flanagan’s many accolades. His work has been published in twenty-six countries, and he has won Australia’s National Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, among other honors.

Richard Flanagan’s 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, for which he was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize, have been variously honored and are published in forty-two countries. He lives in Tasmania.

Author Residence: Tasmania

Author Hometown: Tasmania

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“An aria on the necessity of self-invention, on the loops and lacunas of memory and bullish inadequacy of all language…. Boasts a shimmering ingenuity and ominousness…. At a time when our truth is daily contorted, debauched or ignored, we require Flanagan’s artful reminder of the wreckage caused by our unwillingness to say what happened.”—The Washington Post

“Heidl as a character is deeply compelling, and Flanagan writes with acute sensitivity about Kif’s swelling anxieties made deeper by his gradually crumbling marriage.”—The New York Times Book Review

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