The Flying Mountain
Author: Christoph Ransmayr
Translated by The Flying Mountain
9780857427205 | PB | pp. 384 | 2019 | Seagull Books
The Flying Mountain is a tale of Man versus mountain. Here, two brothers leave Ireland and set out on a journey to Tibet looking for an untamed mountain.
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In a world that is all too full of realist novels written in undistinguished prose, discernible only by their covers, The Flying Mountain stands out—if for no other reason than that it consists entirely of blank verse. It tells the epic story of two brothers who leave the southwest coast of Ireland on an expedition to Transhimalaya, the land of Kham, and the mountains of eastern Tibet—looking for an untamed, unnamed mountain that represents perhaps the last blank spot on the map. As they advance towards their goal, the brothers find their past, and their rivalry, inescapable. But only one of the brothers will return, and, transformed by his loss, he will start life anew, trying to understand the mystery of love—yet another quest that may prove as impossible.
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About the Contributors
The author is an award winning Austrian whose books have been translated in over 30 languages. His prodigious travels provided the material for his popular book Atlas of an Anxious Man.
The translator translates from French and German. He lives in Switzerland. He has translated Ransmayr’s Atlas of an Anxious Man and Abbas Khider’s A Slap in the Face among other works.
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