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ISBN 10: 1887178899 / ISBN 13: 9781887178891
Published by Counterpoint, New York, 2000
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hardcover. First edition. A fine book in a fine dust jacket. Salter set out to revise his second novel, The Arm of Flesh. Instead he wound up rewriting it from start to finish and this book is the result. Signed by the author on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 27938

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Title: Cassada

Publisher: Counterpoint, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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James Salter revisits his second novel, The Arm of Flesh, making extensive changes and rewriting many portions entirely. The resulting work combines the untamed vision of a young military pilot with the clarity and power of a masterful writer

One of America's greatest prose stylists, James Salter is often praised by literary readers for the clear, shimmering surface of his writing. His first two novels, The Hunters and The Arm of Flesh, are also known in military circles, where his descriptions of flying and combat are legendary. A former Air Force pilot who flew F-86 fighters in Korea, Salter writes with matchless insight about the terror and exhilaration that accompany a pilot in wartime.

The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe-Captains Isbell and Wickenden, Lieutenants Sisse, Godchaux, Grace, and others-encompass the contradictions of military experience and in particular the response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an emblem of their own. In Cassada, Salter captures a strange comradeship of loneliness, trust, and alienation among military men ready to sacrifice all in the name of duty and pride.

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James Salter has been described as the writer most admired by other writers. As Washington Post critic Michael Dirda wrote, "He can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence." At one time a regular officer and a fighter pilot during the Korean conflict, Salter ended his military career to become a writer in 1957. He is the author of five novels, including the highly acclaimed A Sport and a Pastime and Light Years. His collection of short fiction, Dusk and Other Stories, was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1988. Salter's memoir, Burning the Days, was published to great acclaim in 1997, as was the revised edition of his first novel, The Hunters.

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