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LET ME TELL YOU - Rare Pristine Set: Copy of The First Edition/First Printing With Copy of The Landmark CD Recording - ONLY SET ONLINE

Griffiths, Paul (Author); Abrahamsen, Hans (Composer); Hannigan, Barbara & Nelsons, Andris

Published by London, England: Reality Street, 2008
ISBN 10: 1874400431 / ISBN 13: 9781874400431
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Title: LET ME TELL YOU - Rare Pristine Set: Copy of...

Publisher: London, England: Reality Street, 2008

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. 145 pages. Published in 2008. The author's novella, inspired by Shakespeare. One of Paul Griffiths' finest achievements. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2014 Reissued Edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only and as part of the Reality Street Editions. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Paul Griffiths' "Let Me Tell You". Ophelia, tragic victim of Hamlet's blind fury, resurrected, "singing" in her own voice. " 'So: Now I come to speak. At last. I will tell you all I know'. These are the words of Ophelia at the beginning of this short novel: Literally her words, in that her narrative is composed entirely of the vocabulary she is allotted in 'Hamlet'. Within these meagre resources, she manages to express herself on topics including her love for her father Polonius, her care for her younger brother Laertes, her puzzlement in the face of the Prince himself, and her increasing sense that she must escape the fate awaiting her in the play. This is no mere technical exercise or prequel to the play: The use of such a restricted vocabulary means that Ophelia's voice, while direct and passionate, gains musical qualities as words keep recurring in perpetually changing contexts" (Publisher's blurb). Paul Griffiths is one of the greatest living writers on music. Less-well-known is that he is also the brilliant novelist of such ground-breaking marvels as "Myself And Marco Polo" (1989). The words Griffiths assigns to Ophelia in his novella were subsequently adapted by him into the dramatic monologue for soprano, also called "Let Me Tell You". Composed by Hans Abrahamsen expressly for Barbara Hannigan, her live performances and CD recording of the piece are among the few "knockout" musical experiences anyone is likely to have in their lifetime. The CD comes with this book. An absolute "must-have" title for Paul Griffiths collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. It comes with a brand-new, shrinkwrapped copy of the Compact Disc (CD) of Paul Griffiths' and Hans Abrahamsen's "Let Me Tell You", performed by Barbara Hannigan and conducted by Andris Nelsons. As far as we know, this is the only set of the First Edition/First Printing with CD available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: ALL other copies available online are subsequent printings, particularly the 2014 Reissued Edition. A rare set thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER PAUL GRIFFITHS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1874400431. Bookseller Inventory # 20343

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Synopsis: "So: now I come to speak. At last. I will tell you all I know...." These are the words of Ophelia at the beginning of this short novel: literally her words, in that her narrative is composed entirely of the vocabulary she is allotted in Hamlet. Within these meagre resources, she manages to express herself on topics including her love for her father (Polonius), her care for her younger brother (Laertes), her puzzlement in the face of the Prince himself, and her increasing sense that she must escape the fate awaiting her in the play. This is no mere technical exercise or prequel to the play: the use of such a restricted vocabulary means that Ophelia's voice, while direct and passionate, gains musical qualities as words keep recurring in perpetually changing contexts. Paul Griffiths, born in Bridgend, Wales, is a well-known writer on contemporary and classical music.

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