Title: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 215 pages. Published in 2012. The author's second collection of short stories. 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. Presents Nathan Englander's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank". Eight new short stories that grapple with the great questions of modern life "with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction". The eponymous story, a nod to Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", is a "provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game" (Publisher's blurb). The blurbs by two great living American writers sum up Englander's achievement and for that matter, what all great narrative ought to be: "Nathan Englander writes the stories I am always hoping for, searching for. These are stories that transport you into other lives, other dreams. Deft, engrossing, deeply satisfying" (Geraldine Brooks). "Manages to make his seemingly obsessive, insular concerns all the more universal for their specificity. It's this neat trick that makes the stories in his new collection so utterly haunting" (Richard Russo). An absolute "must-have" title for Nathan Englander collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (the day after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Nathan Englander 8.2.12". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Englander launched the book in New York City. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Announcement Leaflet. This title, like Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NATHAN ENGLANDER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307958701. Bookseller Inventory # 17269
Synopsis: These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.
The title story, inspired by Raymond Carver?s masterpiece, is a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. In the outlandishly dark ?Camp Sundown? vigilante justice is undertaken by a group of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. ?Free Fruit for Young Widows? is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. ?Sister Hills? chronicles the history of Israel?s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child. Marking a return to two of Englander?s classic themes, ?Peep Show? and ?How We Avenged the Blums? wrestle with sexual longing and ingenuity in the face of adversity and peril. And ?Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother?s Side? is suffused with an intimacy and tenderness that break new ground for a writer who seems constantly to be expanding the parameters of what he can achieve in the short form.
Beautiful and courageous, funny and achingly sad, Englander?s work is a revelation.
About the Author:
Nathan Englander?s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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