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CREATION: A NOVEL - Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The Limited Slipcased Edition: Numbered And Signed by Gore Vidal

Vidal, Gore

Published by New York City, NY: Random House, 1981
ISBN 10: 0394500156 / ISBN 13: 9780394500157
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Title: CREATION: A NOVEL - Pristine/Shrinkwrapped ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.


1st Printing. Signed. 510 pages. Published in 1981. The author's seventeenth novel. One of Gore Vidal's finest achievements. Limited Slipcased Edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The Limited Edition has the same ISBN as the regular trade edition, and is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Random House: Regular-sized volume format. Brown cloth boards with the author's name embossed on the cover and gilt titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by Gore Vidal. Matching brown hard board slipcase. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its most collectible format, Gore Vidal's "Creation". His single most ambitious exploration of the historical novel. Unlike his multi-novel cycle on American history and politics, which is comparatively much closer to home and our time, "Creation" harks back to the Fifth Century BC, "perhaps the most spectacular period in the history of Mankind: The age of the Persian kings Darius and Xerxes, the time of Buddha, Confucius, Herodotus, Anaxagoras, Socrates, Pericles, and of the first explorations of the universe. It makes alive the ancient world in which so many of our modern world's ideas, spiritual, philosophical, political, and scientific, were conceived" (Publisher's blurb). Through vividly drawn characters and events, Vidal encompasses an entire age, and starting with his title, has written a literary account about what it means not just to be creative, innovative, or imaginative ("creativity") but to be a creator, a much greater thing to be. As he liked to point out, it's the difference between "culture" and "civilization". Gore Vidal died on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86, the last of the great American public intellectual/writers of our time. Since we live in the Age of Mediocrity, his novel is a timely and necessary reminder that every age must have an idea of greatness in order to survive and endure. Pundits are retail thinkers, that is, they are not real thinkers. Selected by Anthony Burgess as one of "Ninety-Nine Novels of The 20th Century Since 1939". An absolute "must-have" title for Gore Vidal collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Gore Vidal. This title is a great book. This is one of very copies of the Limited Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Recipient of the National Book Award's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters". One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394500156. Bookseller Inventory # 17531

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Synopsis: A sweeping novel of politics, war, philosophy, and adventure?in a restored edition, featuring never-before-published material from Gore Vidal?s original manuscript? Creation offers a captivating grand tour of the ancient world.
Cyrus Spitama, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster and lifelong friend of Xerxes, spent most of his life as Persian ambassador for the great king Darius. He traveled to India, where he discussed nirvana with Buddha, and to the warring states of Cathay, where he learned of Tao from Master Li and fished on the riverbank with Confucius. Now blind and aged in Athens?the Athens of Pericles, Sophocles, Thucydides, Herodotus, and Socrates?Cyrus recounts his days as he strives to resolve the fundamental questions that have guided his life?s journeys: how the universe was created, and why evil was created with good. In revisiting the fifth century b.c.?one of the most spectacular periods in history?Gore Vidal illuminates the ideas that have shaped civilizations for millennia.

Review: In 445 B.C., Cyrus Spitama, the grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, is the Persian ambassador to the city of Athens. He has a rather caustic appreciation of his situation: "I am blind. But I am not deaf. Because of the incompleteness of my misfortune, I was obliged yesterday to listen for nearly six hours to a self-styled historian whose account of what the Athenians like to call 'the Persian Wars' was nonsense of a sort that were I less old and more privileged, I would have risen to my seat at the Odeon and scandalized all Athens by answering him." Having thus dismissed Herodotus, Cyrus then dictates his life story to his nephew, Democritus, with similar disdain for the Greeks--whom we in the modern world have come to view as the progenitors of civilization, but whom Cyrus considers to be bad-smelling rabble.

Of course, Cyrus Spitama speaks with a very modern, ironic voice supplied to him by Gore Vidal--and the political intrigues in which Cyrus finds himself immersed are likewise familiar territory for fans of Vidal's historical fiction. But the narrator's delightfully wicked observations are the icing on a narrative of truly epic scope--out of his desire to understand the origins of the world, Cyrus undertakes journeys to India, where he encounters disciples of the Buddha, and China, where he engages Confucius in philosophical conversation while the great sage fishes by the riverside. Creation offers insights into classical history laced with scintillating wit and narrative brio.

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