Title: THE CHEMISTRY OF TEARS: THE DELUXE SLIPCASED...
Publisher: London, England: London Review Bookshop/Faber & Faber, 2012
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 275 pages. Published in 2012. The author's twelfth novel. The first appearance of the title as a Limited Edition. Deluxe Slipcased And Leatherbound Edition of 30 Roman Numeral numbered and signed copies. Published simultaneously and should not be confused with either the Limited Edition of 45 copies or the regular trade edition. An austerely elegant production by Andrew Stillwell and Patrick Roe: Regular-sized volume format. Gray 31 Harmatan fine leather boards with gilt titles embossed on the spine, as issued. The velvety softness and smoothness of the leather must be felt and caressed. Text by Peter Carey. Blue topstain. Matching blue cloth slipcase. Printed on pristine-white archival stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its most collectible format, Peter Carey's "The Chemistry of Tears". Vintage Peter Carey: A historical novel on love. "An automaton, a man, and a woman who can never meet, two stories of love, all are brought to incandescent life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time. And it is the automaton, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life, that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of creation, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention, and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Carey collectors. This copy is one of the Deluxe Slipcased And Leatherbound Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Front Limitation Page as Roman Numeral Number XI, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Peter Carey. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the British Deluxe Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1988 for "Oscar & Lucinda" and in 2001 for "True History of the Kelly Gang". Carey is only the second novelist to win the prestigious British prize twice, a feat first achieved by J. M. Coetzee and now matched by him. One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER CAREY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 057127997X. Bookseller Inventory # 17278
Synopsis: An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, a secret love story, and the fate of the world are all brought to life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time. It's London 2010, Catherine Gehrig, conservator at the Swinburne museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. As the mistress of a married man she has to grieve in private. One other person knows their secret, the director of the museum, who arranges for Catherine to be given a special project away from prying eyes. Mad with grief, the usually controlled and rational Catherine discovers a series of handwritten notebooks telling the story of the man who originally commissioned the extraordinary and eerie automata she has been asked to bring back to life. With a precocious new assistant, Amanda, at her side, she starts to piece together both the clockwork puzzle and the story of the mechanical creature which was commissioned in 19th century Germany by an English man, Henry Brandling, as a 'magical amusement' for his consumptive son. Having been asked to leave his home by his wife, Henry turns his hurtful departure into an adventure that he records for his young child. But it is Catherine Gehrig, in a strangely stormy and overheated London nearly two hundred years later, who will find comfort and wonder in reading Henry's story. And it is the automata, in its beautiful, uncanny imitation of life that will link two strangers confronted with the mysteries of life and death, the miracle and catastrophe of human invention and the body's astonishing chemistry of love and feeling.
About the Author: Twice winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey's most recent novel Parrot and Olivier in America was described by the New Yorker as 'a comic masterpiece' and by the Sunday Times as 'an exhilarating tour-de-force'. It was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and a National Book Award in 2010.
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