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Vintage cover design, John Gall; Knopf cover design, Carol Devine Carson
Knopf design by Carol Devine Carson
Photograph Clifford Ross



U.S. publisher (Alfred A Knopf):

A stunningly inventive, deeply moving fiction debut: stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa City; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea, in a masterful display of literary virtuosity and feeling.

In the magnificent opening story, "Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice," a young writer is urged by his friends to mine his father's experiences in Vietnam — and what seems at first a satire on turning one's life into literary commerce becomes a transcendent exploration of homeland, and the ties between father and son. "Cartagena" provides a visceral glimpse of life in Colombia as it enters the mind of a fourteen-year-old hit man facing the ultimate test. In "Meeting Elise" an aging New York painter mourns his body's decline as he prepares to meet his daughter on the eve of her Carnegie Hall debut. And with graceful symmetry, the final, title story returns to Vietnam, to a fishing trawler crowded with refugees where a young woman's bond with a mother and her small son forces both women to a shattering decision.

Brilliant, daring, and demonstrating a jaw-dropping versatility of voice and point of view, The Boat is an extraordinary work of fiction that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human, and announces a writer of astonishing gifts.





Bond Street Books (Canada)
Release date: 13 May 2008

Penguin (Australia/N.Z.)
Hamish Hamilton imprint
Hardcover & trade paperback
Release date: 2 June 2008

Canongate (U.K.)
Release date: 7 August 2008

The Boat (Canadian cover) (Bond Street Books)
Photograph Clifford Ross

The Boat (Australian cover) (Penguin / Hamish Hamilton)Photograph Clifford Ross

The Boat (UK cover) (Canongate), designed by gray318Jacket design by gray318

Ullstein Buchverlage (Germany)
Claassen Verlag imprint
Translator: Sky Nonhoff
Release date: October 2008

De Bezige Bij (Netherlands)
Translator: Paul Witte
Release date: 15 October 2008

Penguin (Australia/N.Z.)
Paperback release
Release date: 2 March 2009

The Boat - Im Boot (German cover) (Ullstein Buchverlage, Claassen Verlag imprint)
Photograph Clifford Ross

The Boat - De Boot (Dutch cover) (De Bezige Bij)
Jacket design by gray318

The Boat (Australian cover) (Penguin / Hamish Hamilton)

Guanda (Italy)
Translator: Elisa Banfi
Release date: 28 May 2009

Vintage (U.S.A. & Canada)
Paperback release
Release date: 11 August 2009

EIJI21 (Korea)
Translator: Tong-Sop Cho
Release date: 11 September 2009

The Boat - I Fuggitivi (Italian Cover) (Guanda)

Vintage cover design, John Gall; Knopf cover design, Carol Devine Carson

The Boat (Korean cover)

Like Publishing Ltd (Finland)
Translator: Jonna Joskitt
Release date: 19 October 2009

Miskal Publishers (Israel)
Yedioth Books imprint
Translator: Itzhar Vardi
Release date: 10 November 2009


Albin Michel (France)
Translator: France Camus
Release date: 4 January 2010

The Boat - Merimatka (Finnish cover) (Like Publishing)

The Boat (Israeli cover) (Hebrew language) (Miskal Publishers - Yedioth Books)

The Boat - Le Bateau (French cover) (Albin Michel)

Shinchosha (Japan)
Crest books imprint
Translator: Takayoshi Ogawa
Release date: 29 January 2010

Natur & Kultur (Sweden) Translator: Ylva Mörk
Release date: 16 March 2010


Random House Mondadori (World Spanish rights)
Translator: Marc Viaplana
Release date: September 2010

The Boat (Japanese cover) (Shinchosa / Crest books)

The Boat - Båten (Swedish cover) (Natur & Kultur)Photograph Clifford Ross

The Boat (Spanish cover) (Random House Mondadori)Photograph Clifford Ross

Nha Nam (Vietnam)
Translators: Thiên Nga & Thuần Thục
Release date: 4 November 2011

Le Livre du Poche (France)
Paperback release
Translator: France Camus
Release date: 4 January 2012


Algoritam (Croatia)
Translators: Martina Pranic &
Ivana Banović

Release date: 24 October 2012

The Boat (Vietnamese cover) (Nha Nam)

The Boat (French paperback cover) (Le Livre du Poche)

The Boat (Croatian cover) (Algoritam)Photograph Clifford Ross

Penguin (Australia/N.Z.)
Modern Australian Classics reprint
Release date: 20 November 2013

Gyldendal Norsk Forlag (Norway)
Translator: Mona Lange
Release date: January 2014


Sanhui Books (China)
Translator: Xiao Shui
Release date: July 2015

The Boat - Penguin Australian Classics

The Boat (Norwegian cover) (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag)

The Boat (Chinese cover) (Sanhui Books)


Other editions

Louis Braille Audio (Australia/N.Z.)
Release date: 17 Nov 2008

Recorded Books (U.S.A.)
Release date: 9 March 2009

Vision Australia (Australia/N.Z.)
Braille format
Release date: 2010

The Boat (Louis Bralle Audio)

The Boat (Recorded Books) cover

The Boat (Vision Australia braille format)

Large print format
Release date: 24 May 2011

Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice (E-Book)
Penguin (Australia / N.Z.)
Release date: 23 April 2012

Cartagena (E-Book)
Penguin Random House
A Vintage Short
Release date: 3 May 2015

The Boat (EasyRead large print format)

Love & Honour & Pity & Pride & Compassion & Sacrifice (Penguin E-book special)