Title: THE BAD GIRL - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 276 pages. Published in 2007. The author's fifteenth novel. One of Mario Vargas Llosa's finest achievements. 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 Mario Vargas Llosa's "The Bad Girl" in a felicitous English translation. His "remake" of "Madame Bovary", the single most influential novel on the author's art. As such, it is one of several homages to Gustave Flaubert and his masterpiece, which includes "The Perpetual Orgy" (1986), "In Praise of The Stepmother" (1990), "The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto" (1998), and even "The Feast of The Goat" (2001). "The Bad Girl" also bears a striking resemblance to Luis Bunuel's great last film, "That Obscure Object of Desire" (1977). Like Flaubert and Bunuel, Mario Vargas Llosa is a stylist, a critic of power, and a sensualist; for all three artists, erotic and romantic desire is the Good Side of the bad side of life called power. The protagonist's idealizing obsession - what Ricardo is willing to do and to sacrifice in order to attain his elusive object of desire - is incarnated in various femme fatales and played out against the tragic backdrop of History. "Bold, dynamic, and endlessly productive imagination. The canvases of these lives light up with the glow of his passion" (San Francisco Chronicle). Mario Vargas Llosa is the writer/intellectual/philosopher par excellence among the Latin-American geniuses of the so-called Boom: He refuses to be categorized, labeled, and reduced by ideology, whether it is Fascist conservatism, political correctness, or Leftist academicism, what he has condemned as "authoritarianism of the Left and the Right". He considers himself an heir to the great European cultural tradition yet his work is firmly grounded in Latin America's (not just his native Peru's) history and mythology. His aesthetics and literary practice - Vargas Llosa has embraced and appropriated every literary genre - prompted Roberto Bolano, his greatest successor, to consider him an inescapable influence, among a handful of others, on contemporary Latin-American literature. That is to say, to be a Latin-American writer is to become a Classical master of language and a Modernist artist, writing in language of the highest quality and reinventing literary form and convention at the same time. Literary genres are inventions of a particular culture's idea of imagination and storytelling, "templates" that Vargas Llosa transforms into "poetic tales" (in Harold Bloom's brilliant phrase). An absolute "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Mario Vargas Llosa. It comes with a lovely copy of the Souvenir Program of Mario Vargas Llosa's rare public appearance in New York City in 2008, during which his signature was obtained. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by his great translator, Edith Grossman. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time even though he rarely does public signings. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government, in 1994. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize in 1995. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374182434. Bookseller Inventory # 15961
Synopsis: Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, claiming to be from Chile but vanishing the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris, where she appears as the enchanting "Comrade Arlette," an activist en route to Cuba, and becomes his lover, albeit n icy, remote one who denies knowing anything about the ily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as--whether t's Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO fficial, or Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman--and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.
The protean Lily, gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse--does Ricardo ever know who she really is? The answer is as unclear s what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate hadowed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. In MarioVargas Llosa's beguiling new novel, the strange bedfellows of good and bad turn out not to be what they appear.
About the Author: Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 ?for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual?s resistance, revolt, and defeat.? Peru?s foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world?s most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include The Storyteller, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in the Andes, In Praise of the Stepmother, Conversation in the Cathedral, The Way to Paradise, and The War of the End of the World. He lives in London.
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