Title: THE LIVES OF OTHERS - Rare Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: London, England: Chatto & Windus, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 515 pages. Published in 2014. The author's breakthrough second 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 in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Neel Mukherjee's "The Lives of Others". "A powerful, epic story of a family and a nation. Poisonous rivalries between sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business threaten to unravel bonds of kinship as social unrest brews in greater Indian society. This is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: The chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider. Anatomizes the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history, at the same time as it questions the nature of political action and the limits of empathy" (Publisher's blurb). Why is Neel Mukherjee's massive novel so important, coming from a very young writer? It is said that the great themes of the novel are love and war. That may be so, except that they make the novel form sound abstract and overwhelming. The power of the greatest novels (rather than just good or even near-great novels) lies in their depiction of personal and national lives, the one mirroring, and impacting, the other. Even if very few people still read today, and ardent readers are now a distinct minority, the fact remains that all of us, readers and non-readers alike, still understand ourselves and each other narratively, through stories. For all its relentless ideological emphasis on science, technology, and other cognitive frameworks (such as psychology, sociology, and neuroscience), none of which has managed to supersede imaginative creation, modern culture remains (like ancient culture) a storytelling culture. An absolute "must-have" title for Neel Mukherjee collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (one month before the Booker Prize) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Neel Mukherjee 14.IX. 2014. London". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and dated 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: The British Edition significantly precedes the American. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist for the Booker Prize in 2014 for "The Lives of Others". One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0393247902. Bookseller Inventory # 19073
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Neel Mukherjee delivers a powerful, epic story of a family and a nation.
The aging patriarch and matriarch of the Ghosh family preside over their large household, made up of their five adult children and their respective children, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. Each set of family members occupies a floor of the home, in accordance to their standing within the family. Poisonous rivalries between sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business threaten to unravel bonds of kinship as social unrest brews in greater Indian society. This is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider. The eldest grandchild, Supratik, compelled by his idealism, becomes dangerously involved in extremist political activism?an action that further catalyzes the decay of the Ghosh home.
Ambitious, rich, and compassionate, The Lives of Others anatomizes the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history, at the same time as it questions the nature of political action and the limits of empathy. It is a novel of unflinching power and emotional force.
About the Author: Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. His first novel, A Life Apart, won the Writers? Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, among other honors. He lives in London.
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