Title: LETTERS TO A YOUNG NOVELIST - Rare Fine Copy...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 136 pages. Published in 2002. The author's collection of essays in the epistolary mode. 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 print run as a hardcover original and as part of "The Art of Mentoring" Series. The edition is now scarce. Presents Mario Vargas Llosa's "Letters To A Young Novelist" in a felicitous English translation. Eleven letters to a generalized interlocutor. "The literary vocation is not a hobby, a sport or a pleasant leisure-time activity. It is an all-encompassing, all-excluding occupation, an urgent priority, a freely chosen servitude that turns its victims (its lucky victims) into slaves". Yet Vargas Llosa is also somewhat wryly withholding: "Writing novels is the equivalent of what professional strippers do when they take off their clothes and exhibit their naked bodies on stage. The novelist performs the same acts in reverse". His examples of great novelists, whom he discusses while making larger philosophical points about concepts like style, time or representation, are magisterial in their breadth: Virginia Woolf and Henry James, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway, Gustave Flaubert ("Madame Bovary" is a touchstone), Simone de Beauvoir and Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jorge Luis Borges and Miguel de Cervantes, among many others. Neither a survey course in what to read nor a practical guide to writing, the book is finally a meditation on writing and its relationship to life. "Good novels, great ones, never actually seem to tell us anything; rather, they make us live it, and share in it, by virtue of their persuasive powers" (Mario Vargas Llosa). One of the best books on the novel by a great living novelist. An absolute "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Mario Vargas Llosa. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time even though he rare does public signings. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government, in 1994. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize in 1995. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374119163. Bookseller Inventory # 16146
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