AFTERTIME - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing
1st Printing. 115 pages. Published in 1999. The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the finest literary works of the 20th century. 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 only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Olaf Georg Klein's "Aftertime" in a felicitous English translation. Apocalypse Now. "In Klein's haunting account of a life destroyed by the aftermath of nuclear disaster, a young German woman studying in the USSR is exposed to radiation when a nearby nuclear reactor explodes, contaminating Kiev and its surroundings. Forced to take an oath of silence by Soviet officials who recommend she wait several years before having children, the young woman returns to Germany, where she is reunited with her high-school sweetheart. After she becomes pregnant and miscarries, however, she is gripped by an obsession to carry a baby to term to prove to herself that she was not affected by radiation exposure. Eventually, unable to avoid a second miscarriage, she attempts suicide rather than face the looming specter of slow, painful death. Alternately hopeful and bitter, 'Aftertime' delves convincingly into the psyche of a woman clinging desperately to denial. Klein's nameless heroine movingly recounts her effort to hold back the horrible fate that circumstances have decreed for her" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Georg Olaf Klein collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 0810115042. Bookseller Inventory # 4227
About this title:
In her last year at the university in Kiev and shortly before she is to take her final examinations, the narrator is persuaded by her roommate to go for a cruise on a large lake north of the city. While her friends dance in the ballroom below ship, the young woman stands on deck, enjoying the tranquil evening. Sixty miles away, a nuclear reactor explodes.
In the days that follow, the official version of events minimizes the risks. Conflicting instructions are issued; people are warned to stay indoors, yet reassured that there is no danger. Reports of the death toll are revised from two thousand to a mere twenty, then back again. Rumors proliferate; there is panic. Denial and deception characterize the public pronouncements.
Returning to Berlin, the young woman recognizes with mounting horror the symptoms that belie the Soviet governments disavowals, and she immerses herself in denial; she becomes obsessed with having a healthy baby, the only proof to herself and to the world that she has been untouched by the disaster. She suffers a miscarriage, embarks on a path of startling promiscuity, and suffers a second. Getting no adequate guidance or explanation from her doctors, the woman makes a final, desperate bid to seize control of her destiny.
Aftertime is the moving story of one woman's coming to grips with her small place in history, and with that history's enormous impact on her life. It is the story of a destiny obscured by statistics and abstractions and has great resonance for all people living uneasily with technology in the twentieth century.
In her last year at the university in Kiev and shortly before she is to take her final examinations, the narrator is persuaded to go for a lake cruise north of the city. Sixty miles away, a nuclear reactor explodes. Returning to Berlin, she recognizes with mounting horror the symptoms that belie the Soviet government's denials and becomes obsessed with having a healthy baby--the only proof to herself and to the world that she has been untouched by the disaster.
Title: AFTERTIME - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1999
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
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