THE CUBS AND OTHER STORIES - Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing
1st Printing. 139 pages. Published in 1979. The author's debut collection of short stories and first book. One of the most important literary debuts 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 first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Mario Vargas Llosa's "The Cubs" in a felicitous English translation. His sensational debut. The eponymous novella piece is about the horrifying castration of a boy by a Great Dane. How he goes through life emasculated, that is, what being powerless really means, particularly in the machismo culture of Latin America, is one of the most moving stories anyone is ever likely to read. The six other short stories provide a glimpse of Vargas Llosa's beginnings as a writer. 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). "He has helped evolve the art of the narration" (Nobel Prize Committee). "Literature shouldn't be secluded, provincial, or regional. It should be universal even if it has deep roots in one place" (Mario Vargas Llosa). An absolute "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0060144912. Bookseller Inventory # 15909
About this title:
The Cubs and Other Stories is Mario Vargas Llosa?s only volume of short fiction available in English. Vargas Llosa?s domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life?s dramas play themselves out on the soccer field, the dance floor, and on street corners.
The title story, ?The Cubs,? tells the story of the carefree boyhood of P.P. Cuellar and his friends, and of P.P.?s bizarre accident and tragic coming of age. Innovative in style and technique, it is a work of both physical and psychic loss.
In a candid and perceptive forward to this collection of early writing, Vargas llosa provides background to the volume and a unique glimpse into the mind of the Nobel Prize-winning artist.
About the Author: Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won 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, The Bad Girl, Conversation in the Cathedral, The Way to Paradise, and The War of the End of the World. He lives in London.
Title: THE CUBS AND OTHER STORIES - Rare Fine Copy ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Harper & Row, 1979
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
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