Media cynicism target of philosophical terrorist plot

THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST. By Richard Flanagan, Atlantic Books, €15

19th May, 2007

THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST. By Richard Flanagan, Atlantic Books, €15

Terrorism motifs rule our cultural calendars at the moment. From Sky News ‘updates’ to Die Hard 4.0 to 24s Jack Bauer, suicide bombers are our news, entertainment and education rolled into one.

‘‘I took this novel from everywhere,” writes Richard Flanagan, Australian author of The Unknown Terrorist. ‘‘Ads, headlines, gossip, bar talk, politicans and shock jocks.”

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