A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Ken Kalfus
1st Printing. Signed. 237 pages. Published in 2006. The author's second novel. Now considered a contemporary cult classic. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 Ken Kalfus' "A Disorder Peculiar To The Country". Kalfus' novel joins an exponentially growing number of literary works inspired by 9/11, and is worthy of the best among them thus far. "Like their country, Marshall and Joyce Harriman, a Brooklyn Heights couple, are at war. They are one year into an impossibly bitter divorce, and their hatred for one another has acquired the intensity of something historic, tribal, and ethnic. When Joyce watches the destruction of The World Trade Center, she is seized by a great gladness because Marshall works on the eighty-sixth floor of the South Tower. But he escapes to fight another day in the apartment that neither will relinquish. Kalfus skewers the pieties surrounding 9/11, but having set his black comedy in the shadow of that national trauma, he charts the powerful sway that world events briefly held over the lives of individual Americans" (The New Yorker Magazine). "Now you know what it's like to live in history" (Ken Kalfus). An absolute "must-have" title for Ken Kalfus collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ken Kalfus. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condsition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for The National Book Award in 2006 for "A Disorder Peculiar To The Country". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KEN KALFUS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0060501405. Bookseller Inventory # 11126
About this title:
In a rollicking black comedy about terrorism, war, and conjugal strife, the author whom Salon calls "a writer of chameleonic fluency" revisits some peculiar episodes in current American history.
Joyce and Marshall Harriman are struggling to divorce each other while sharing a cramped, hateful Brooklyn apartment with their two small children. One late-summer morning, Joyce departs for Newark Airport to catch a flight to San Francisco, and Marshall goes to his office in the World Trade Center. She misses her flight, and he's late for work, but on that grim day, in a devastated city, among millions seized by fear and grief, each thinks the other's dead and each is secretly, shamefully, gloriously happy.
Opening with a swift kick to our national piety, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country follows Joyce and Marshall as they swallow their mutual disappointment, their divorce conflict intensifies, and they suffer, in unexpectedly personal ways, the many strange ravages that beset America in the first years of the Bush administration. Joyce suspects Marshall has sent an anthrax-laced envelope to her office. Marshall taps her phone and studies plans for constructing a suicide bomb. The stock market crash and the war in Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and the clash of civilizations: all become marital battlefields. Concluding with the liberation of Iraq, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country astonishingly lampoons how our nation's public calamities have encroached upon our most intimate private terrors. It firmly establishes Ken Kalfus as one of the most daring and inventive writers at work today.
Joyce and Marshall each think the other is killed on September 11—and must swallow their disappointment when the other arrives home. As their bitter divorce is further complicated by anthrax scares, suicide bombs, and foreign wars, they suffer, in ways unexpectedly personal and increasingly ludicrous, the many strange ravages of our time. In this astonishing black comedy, Kalfus suggests how our nation’s public calamities have encroached upon our most private illusions.
Title: A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY - Scarce ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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