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THE GOLD BUG VARIATIONS - Rare Review Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing

Powers, Richard

Published by New York City, NY: William Morrow & Company, 1991
ISBN 10: 0688098916 / ISBN 13: 9780688098919
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Title: THE GOLD BUG VARIATIONS - Rare Review Copy ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: William Morrow & Company, 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 640 pages. Published in 1991. The author's third novel. One of Richard Powers' greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Richard Powers' "The Gold Bug Variations". The title is a sly allusion to Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Goldberg Variations", one of the greatest achievements of the Classical music tradition. The title and its contrapuntal inspiration are beautifully realized by the novel: "A double love story of two young couples separated by a distance of twenty-five years. Stuart Ressler, a brilliant young molecular biologist, sets out in 1957 to crack the genetic code. His efforts are sidetracked by other, more intractable codes - social, moral, musical, spiritual - and he falls in love with a member of his research team. Years later, another young man and woman team up to investigate a different mystery: Why did Ressler suddenly disappear from the world of science? Strand by strand, these two love stories twist about each other in a double helix of desire" (Publisher's blurb). Richard Powers is a unique voice in American literature. A committed novelist of ideas, he has described the novel as a "supreme connection machine, the most complex artifact of networking that we have ever developed". His speculative yet rigorous meditation on what it means to be human is riveting and true. An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Powers collectors. This is a Review Copy. Laid-in is the Review Material. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have major flaws yet are priced at up to $795. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 1989. Winner of the National Book Award in 2007 for "The Echo Maker". One of the most important American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD POWERS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0688098916. Bookseller Inventory # 19921

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Synopsis: The Gold Bug Variations is a double love story of two young couples separated by a distance of twenty-five years. Stuart Ressler, a brilliant young molecular biologist, sets out in 1957 to crack the genetic code. His efforts are sidetracked by other, more intractable codes - social, moral, musical, spiritual - and he falls in love with a member of his research team. Years later, another young man and woman team up to investigate a different scientific mystery - why did the eminently promising Ressler suddenly disappear from the world of science? Strand by strand, these two love stories twist about each other in a double helix of desire.

About the Author: Richard Powers has been a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as a winner of the US National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of nine novels, most recently Generosity (Atlantic Books, 2010). He lives in Los Angeles.

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