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The Snow Kimono

The Snow Kimono

Mark Henshaw

  • awardWinner, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, 2015
  • awardWinner, ACT Book of the Year Award, 2015
  • awardLonglisted, Voss Literary Award, 2015
  • awardShortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2015
  • awardShortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards, University of Queensland Fiction Book Award, 2015
  • There are times in your life when something happens after which you’re never the same. It may be something direct or indirect, or something someone says to you. But whatever it is, there is no going back. And inevitably, when it happens, it happens suddenly, without warning.

    Paris: 1989. Recently retired Inspector of Police Auguste Jovert receives a letter from a woman who claims to be his daughter. Two days later, a stranger comes knocking on his door.

    Set in Paris and Japan, The Snow Kimono tells the stories of Inspector Jovert, former Professor of Law Tadashi Omura, and his one-time friend the writer Katsuo Ikeda. All three men have lied to themselves, and to each other. And these lies are about to catch up with them.

    A quarter of a century after the award-winning bestseller Out of the Line of Fire, Mark Henshaw returns with an intricate psychological thriller that is also an unforgettable meditation on love and loss, on memory and its deceptions, and the ties that bind us to others.

    Listen to an interview with ABC Radio National Books & Arts Daily.

    'Stunning and hypnotic...' Read a review at the Asian Review of Books.

    Read a feature in SMH about The Snow Kimono winning the NSW Premier's Literary Award.

    Mark Henshaw
    About the Author

    Mark Henshaw has lived in France, Germany, Yugoslavia and the USA. He currently lives in Canberra. His first novel, Out of the Line of Fire (1988), won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award and the NBC New Writers Award. It was one of the biggest selling Australian literary novels of the decade and has been re-released as a Text Classic. The Snow Kimono...

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    Praise for Mark Henshaw
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    ‘A novel of exquisite beauty, which evades categorisation.’

    ‘Gripping…Like a Japanese puzzle, prized for their infinite solutions and depth of revelation, each chapter builds on the one before, unfolding through levels of story to unpack deeper and deeper truths…Henshaw’s ability to combine such cultural and aesthetic diversity in his fiction is not only an example of what a period of dedicated study can do, but a marker of his ability as a writer.’

    ‘Henshaw’s prose [is] luminous and crisp, like the snowy countryside of Japan or the barren lanes of Algiers, and the effect is instead trancelike. As the stories fold inside one another like poetic Russian dolls, I’m drawn closer to the heart of it all.’

    ‘[An] engrossing performance that will make readers glad Henshaw is back…With agile intelligence, with boldness in what he has imagined and tight control over how it is developed, Henshaw has announced triumphantly that he is no longer a ghost on the Australian literary scene, but one of its most substantial talents.’

    ‘An exquisitely written puzzle.’

    ‘Best comeback—after 26 years—and one of the best Australian novels of 2014.’

    ‘Henshaw’s prose shimmers as his narrative becomes ever more nuanced, complex, and misleading.’

    ‘Henshaw doesn’t offer the easy satisfactions of much puzzle-literature, but the many turns and shifts make for a constantly engaging read…An interesting, engaging work…Fascinating.’

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    • The Snow Kimono
      ISBN: 9781925095326
      27 August 2014
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