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Ransom

(2009)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
A reimagination of one of the most famous stories in all of literature-Achilles's slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priam's attempt to ransom his son's body in Homer's The Iliad-Ransom is the first novel in more than a decade from David Malouf, arguably Australia's greatest living writer.

A novel of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, Ransom tells the story of the relationship between two grieving men at war: fierce Achilles, who has lost his beloved Patroclus in the siege of Troy; and Priam, king of Troy, whose son Hector killed Patroclus and was in turn savaged by Achilles. Each man's grief demands a confrontation with the other's if it is to be resolved: a resolution more compelling to both than the demands of war. And when the aged father and the murderer of his son meet, 'the past and present blend, enemies exchange places, hatred turns to understanding, youth pities age mourning youth.' *

Ransom is a tour de force, incandescent in its delicate and powerful lyricism and in its unstated imperative to imagine our lives in light of fellow feeling.

*The Australian

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Hardback Editions

November 2009 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Ransom
Author(s): David Malouf
ISBN: 0-7011-8415-9 / 978-0-7011-8415-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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January 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Ransom: A Novel
Author(s): David Malouf
ISBN: 0-307-37877-2 / 978-0-307-37877-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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June 2009 : Australia Hardback
thumbTitle: Ransom
Author(s): David Malouf
ISBN: 1-74166-837-9 / 978-1-74166-837-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Ransom: A Novel
Author(s): David Malouf
ISBN: 0-307-47524-7 / 978-0-307-47524-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Ransom
Author(s): David Malouf
ISBN: 0-09-953952-7 / 978-0-09-953952-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Ransom
Author(s): David Malouf
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

October 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Ransom
Author(s): David Malouf
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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January 2010 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Ransom (Vintage International)
Author(s): David Malouf
Publisher: Vintage
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