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DEATH AND THE LABYRINTH: THE WORLD OF RAYMOND ROUSSEL - Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Foucault, Michel (Translated by Charles Ruas)

Published by New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1986
ISBN 10: 0385278543 / ISBN 13: 9780385278546
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Title: DEATH AND THE LABYRINTH: THE WORLD OF ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 196 pages. Published in 1986. The author's first and only work of literary criticism. One of the greatest literary texts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Michel Foucault's "Death And The Labyrinth" in a felicitous English translation. With a brilliant Introduction by the great American poet John Ashbery, who was deeply influenced by the work of Raymond Roussel. Also, a landmark Interview with the author by the translator, Charles Ruas, who wrote the contemporary classic, "Conversations With American Writers". Uses the work of Roussel, "an evasive figure in the pantheon of modernist strategies", in order to "brew so suggestively, so luminously over the wider and wilder question of why we read and why we write" (Richard Howard). Foucault deployed his genius as a philosopher, phenomenologist, and political thinker to help make people re-think and seek new answers to the question, "What does it mean to be human?", the only philosophical question worth asking. He single-handedly exposed Western Enlightenment as a lie, and by extension, all of its modern versions, whether it be European, British, or American "analytical thinking". The most important French thinker of his time, he was alienated as a Frenchman, and wished that his country would collapse, making him more, not less, wildly popular with his fellow Frenchmen. His seminal influence on every aspect of Western thought and art has been "destructive" in the most positive sense of the word: "He has given received wisdom a mighty blow from which it will never recover" (Christopher Lasch). An absolute "must-have" title for Michel Foucault collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest French philosophers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHEL FOUCAULT TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385278543. Bookseller Inventory # 12221

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