The Unknown Terrorist

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The Unknown Terrorist
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Author Richard Flanagan
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Picador
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 325 pp
ISBN 978-0-330-42280-2
Preceded by Gould's Book of Fish (2001)
Followed by Wanting (novel) (2008)

The Unknown Terrorist is the 2006 fourth novel by the Australian novelist Richard Flanagan.[1][2][3]

Writing in The Guardian, Scottish novelist James Buchan described the novel as moving Heinrich Böll's 1974 work The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum into the context of the contemporary Australian city of Sydney.[4]

It was described by the New York Times' Michiko Kakatani as "an armature for a brilliant meditation upon the post-9/11 world".[5]


  1. ^ "The Unknown Terrorist". ABC Television. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  2. ^ David Marr (26 October 2006). "The Unknown Terrorist". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Peter Conrad (8 April 2007). "Days of thunder erupt Down Under". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  4. ^ James Buchan (22 April 2007). "The pursuit of honour - The Unknown Terrorist, Richard Flanagan's cacophonous post-9/11 novel, has James Buchan reaching for the earplugs". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (8 May 2007). "A Misunderstanding, and a Simple Life Descends Into a Nightmare". The New York Times. 

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