Title: HOW TO BE BOTH: BOTH EDITION VARIANTS - Rare...
Publisher: London, England: Hamish Hamilton, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 372 pages. Published in 2014. The author's seventh novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published as two variant editions in small and limited first print runs as hardcover originals only. The narrative-texts are the same. But by switching their parts (Part One and Part Two), the editions breathe new life to their (intentionally banal) title. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ali Smith's "How To Be Both". A Modernist masterpiece of playful, brilliant, and thoughtful storytelling, the novel has been issued in two editions that will be savored and experienced by the captive reader somewhat differently from each other, depending on which variant he or she reads. The experience becomes even more complex and tantalizing when one reads both variants, one after the other. " 'Which comes first? ' Depending on which version you pick up, this conversation comes either late in the book or somewhere in the middle. The novel consists of two parts, both numbered One. You can read the two parts of 'How To Be Both' in either order, which underlines the point about the layering and simultaneity of experiences separated by time" (The Independent). Despite our own best efforts to subvert it (through fantasy or science or even literature), we live, inescapably, in linear time ("one after the other"), and this fact affects what we call experience. Do things simply go away or do they somehow linger and stay? Do things that already happened not exist anymore because we can't see them before our eyes? Will one ever be anything other than what one has always been known to be? These are the simplest, most basic questions about what it means to be, "existential" in the best sense of the word, that Ali Smith's triumphant novel revives and asks again, and answers both ways. An absolute "must-have" title for Ali Smith collectors. These copies of "How To Be Both" Edition Variants are both very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (one month before the Booker Prize) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Ali Smith 16 September 2014 in London". They are signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The set comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title, which is one of the most brilliant projects of contemporary British publishing, will become a classic. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and dated sets of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Do not short yourself: This British Edition precedes by six months the American, which appeared in December 2014 as a paperback original only. Utterly shameful. A rare signed set thus. One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine collectible set. ISBN 024114521X. Bookseller Inventory # 19075
Synopsis: How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith. This book is the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. It is the winner Of The 2014 Costa Novel Award, winner of the Saltire Society Literary Book Of The Year Award, and in 2014 was nominated for the Folio Prize 2015. Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. "Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today". (Daily Telegraph). "She's a genius, genuinely modern in the heroic, glorious sense".( Alain de Botton). "I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul". (Evening Standard). Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Artful, There but for the, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.
About the Author: Ali Smith is the author of many works of fiction, including the novel Hotel World, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award, and The Accidental, which won the Whitbread Award and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. Born in Inverness, Scotland, Smith lives in Cambridge, England.
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