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An extraordinary, ground-breaking piece of fiction ... Nothing quite like this book has been written before (Alex Linklater, Observer)
A richly gifted newcomer (Sunday Times Books for 2009)
Vann uses startling powers of observation to create strong characters, tense scenes and genuine surprises (Publishers' Weekly)
Oh my god, Legend of a Suicide just bowled me over completely. It is such a tender, heartbreaking, breathtaking, horrifying and insanely compelling read that when I finished it I went straight back to the beginning and round again. I implore anyone with functioning eyes to read this book (Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine)
So hard to put down that I am thinking of suing David Vann for several hours of lost sleep (Lionel Shriver)
This book squeezes more life out of the first hundred pages than most books could manage in a thousand, which is pretty impressive, considering it's a book about death (Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country)
In his portrayal of a young son's love for his lost father David Vann has created a stunning work of fiction: surprising, beautiful and intensely moving (Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers)
One of the most gripping debuts I've ever read (Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan)
Impossible to put down and equally impossible to forget (San Francisco Chronicle)
An American classic ... harrowing but beautifully wrought ... prose as clear and bracing as a mountain stream (Sunday Times)
One jaw-droppingly powerful, courageous and original fiction debut...As a 10th work of fiction this would be impressive; as a debut, it is remarkable (Sunday Telegraph)
Hands down the best fictional debut we have read this year (Dazed & Confused)
For the imagery alone and for the sentences, the book would be a treasure, but the story it tells - the story of the suicide of the author's father - has an immediacy and sharpness made all the more special by the tone of distance in the narrative and the beauty of the writing (Colm Toibin, Observer books of the year)
David Vann's Legend of a Suicide is brave, fantastically well written, and completely defies categorisation (Julie Myerson, Daily Telegraph books of the year)
David Vann was born on Adak Island, Alaska and spent his childhood in Ketchikan. A contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Men's Journal, Outside and National Geographic Adventure, he is author of the best-selling memoir A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea and a forthcoming novel, Caribou Island. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a Wallace Stegner Fellow, taught at Stanford and Cornell, and is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco. Legend of a Suicide won the 2007 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction.
“Watching the dark shadow moving before him, it seemed as this were what he had felt for a long time, that his father was something insubstantial before him and that if he were to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cloggie Downunder
There is one particularly haunting story in this collection which possesses great literary merit. While the others may be in some respects weaker, they sit well with the central... Read morePublished 7 months ago by jak36
What a strange gripping book! Open to so many interpretations - loved it !Published 10 months ago by moonstone
Well now, this is a ravishing sort of puzzle and no mistake, gloriously self-contradictary it proposes a death without making clear that it is that of a father, or, perhaps, the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Eileen Shaw
An excellent book, beautifully written and with a truly jaw dropping moment within the pages. Best read as intended when first published in America, as a series of short stories... Read morePublished 13 months ago by daniel
This book had very good critics and I was very attracted by the plot, the story, but I was a bit disappointed by the end. A pity.Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by Pierre Brewee
Loved this. Dark, disturbing, surprising. A great read! I would definitely recommend as a short holiday read or a weekend paperback if it's raining cats and dogs out there.Published on 8 April 2013 by B. Finnegan
still weeping softly, alternatively horrified!
cruel, captivating and capricious....
if you wan't feel good, don't read this book.... Read more
I should have read some reviews before embarking on this book - then I would have known it was a series of interlinking (or overlapping) short stories rather than a linear novel. Read morePublished on 16 May 2012 by Wynne Kelly