Title: ANTWERP - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 78 pages. Published in 2010. The author's tenth book to be translated into English. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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 first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Roberto Bolano's "Antwerp" in a felicitous English translation. "The only novel that doesn't embarrass me is 'Antwerp' " (Roberto Bolano). The fragmented structure of "Antwerp" recalls and is surely Bolano's response to Rimbaud's ground-breaking "Illuminations". As such, while frustratingly open-ended and elusive to many critics and readers, it is understandable why Bolano was most fond of the book. What exactly is Roberto Bolano's achievement? "Bolano was the first to make a true break from the legacy of 'The Boom'. Many other writers of his generation, and younger writers too, have tried and are still trying to make a literature of their own, one that doesn't languish in the long shadow of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and the other novelists who exploded on the world scene in the 1960's. Bolano made the leap seem effortless. The writers of The Boom put Latin America on the map. Bolano creates a Latin America of the mind, a post-nationalist Latin America filtered through a rootless, restless, uncompromising literary sensibility" (Natasha Wimmer). The consistently high level of Bolano's virtuosity is almost miraculous when one sees it as having been achieved during a brief and miserable personal life. It was as though he turned to literature not just to complement or complete but to change his life altogether. By the time of his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 50, Bolano was universally regarded as the greatest Spanish-language novelist of our time. "The real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Roberto Bolano's great translator, Natasha Wimmer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the National Book Festival during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary 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. Please note: Many copies available in bookstores and online are damaged/bumped (the edition was issued without a DJ) because of shoddy packing and poor handling on the publisher's part. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0811217175. Bookseller Inventory # 19238
Antwerp?s signature elements?crimes and campgrounds, drifters and poetry, sex and love, corrupt cops and misfits?mark this, his first novel, as pure Bolaño. A elegantly produced, small collectible stamped cover-on-cloth edition.As Bolaño?s friend and literary executor, Ignacio Echevarría, once suggested, Antwerp can be viewed as the Big Bang of Roberto Bolaño?s fictional universe. Reading this novel, the reader is present at the birth of Bolaño?s enterprise in prose: all the elements are here, highly compressed, at the moment when his talent explodes. From this springboard?which Bolaño chose to publish in 2002, twenty years after he?d written it (?and even that I can?t be certain of?)?as if testing out a high dive, he would plunge into the unexplored depths of the modern novel.
About the Author:
Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed ?by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time? (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times),? and as ?the real thing and the rarest? (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.
Natasha Wimmer?s translation of Roberto Bolano?s 2666 won the National Book Award?s Best Novel of the Year as well as the PEN Prize.
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