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Absolution

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
A bold and exciting literary novel that contemplates the elusive line between truth and self-perception.

Ambitious and assured, Absolution propels the reader to the final page in a drive to discover the secrets and truths at its core. How or why did a young antiapartheid activist disappear twenty years earlier? How does that event link the present-day characters? And how does it explain the choices they have made or the lies they may tell themselves?

Set in contemporary South Africa, Absolution is a big-idea novel about the pitfalls of memory, the ramifications of censorship, and the ways we are silently complicit in the problems around us. It's also a devastating, intimate, and stunningly woven story. Told in shifting perspectives, it centers on the mysterious character of Clare Wald, a controversial writer of great fame, haunted by the memories of a sister she fears she betrayed to her death and a daughter she fears she abandoned. Clare comes to learn that in this conflict the dead do not stay buried, and the missing return in other forms - such as the child witness of her daughter's last days who has reappeared twenty years later as Clare's official biographer, prompting an unraveling of history and a search for forgiveness. Patrick Flanery is an exhilarating new writer, and this is a masterpiece of rich, complicated characters and narration that captures the reader and does not let go.

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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 1-59448-817-7 / 978-1-59448-817-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 0-307-40127-8 / 978-0-307-40127-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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March 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 0-85789-200-2 / 978-0-85789-200-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 0-307-40128-6 / 978-0-307-40128-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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April 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 1-59448-657-3 / 978-1-59448-657-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 0-85789-202-9 / 978-0-85789-202-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 0-85789-201-0 / 978-0-85789-201-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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June 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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June 2012 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
ISBN: 1-4712-0227-5 / 978-1-4712-0227-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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March 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Absolution
Author(s): Patrick Flanery
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon UK