The Flying Mountain
Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, 2018
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.
'A haunting tale, epic in scope, bringing together familial and national histories in a tender and powerfully-observed account of brotherly love.'—Irish Times
'Ransmayr’s heroic narrative is enhanced by his use of beauty-fully balanced blank verse, his mastery over his medium absolute. The Flying Mountain is an outstanding work of great sophistication, ultra-modern in its technology theme and as ancient as time in the tragic inevitability of the denouement.'—The Swansea Bay
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