‘All life seeks to express itself as freedom, the motor of which is ever hope. Nietzsche saw hope as the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. Even so, we can not live without hope, and without hope any novel is untrue to this most fundamental dynamic of the soul, and quickly becomes a lie, a bore and a bad read.’ – Richard Flanagan
Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
“Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not.”
Read… the first chapter of The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Listen… to Richard Flanagan on the Vintage Podcast, discussing the Burma Death Railway, Basho and the nature of hope.