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Shadow Country

(2008)
(A book in the Watson trilogy series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

Peter Matthiessen's great American epic-Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone-was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall text and collapsed the time frame while deepening the insights and motivations of his characters with brilliant rewriting throughout. In Shadow Country, he has marvelously distilled a monumental work, realizing his original vision.

Inspired by a near-mythic event of the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the twentieth century, Shadow Country reimagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

Shadow Country
traverses strange landscapes and frontier hinterlands inhabited by Americans of every provenance and color, including the black and Indian inheritors of the archaic racism that, as Watson's wife observed, "still casts its shadow over the nation."

Peter Matthiessen's lyrical and illuminating work in the Watson narrative has been praised highly by such contemporaries as Saul Bellow, William Styron, and W. S. Merwin. Joseph Heller said "I read it in great gulps, up each night later than I wanted to be, in my hungry impatience to find out more and more."


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"His writing does every justice to the blood fury of his themes." - Don DeLillo


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Hardback Editions

July 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-85705-015-X / 978-0-85705-015-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-679-64019-3 / 978-0-679-64019-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-85738-130-X / 978-0-85738-130-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-85705-000-1 / 978-0-85705-000-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shadow Country (Modern Library)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 0-8129-8062-X / 978-0-8129-8062-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD

Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4708-1511-7 / 978-1-4708-1511-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Shadow Country : A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4332-7896-0 / 978-1-4332-7896-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Shadow Country, Part One: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4332-7893-6 / 978-1-4332-7893-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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February 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Shadow Country, Part Two: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4332-8765-X / 978-1-4332-8765-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Shadow Country, part 1: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4332-7894-4 / 978-1-4332-7894-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Shadow Country, Part 2: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4332-8766-8 / 978-1-4332-8766-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend (Library Binder)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
ISBN: 1-4332-7897-9 / 978-1-4332-7897-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lost Man's River: Shadow Country Trilogy (2)
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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August 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Shadow Country
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Modern Library
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