FALSE PAPERS: ESSAYS ON EXILE AND MEMORY - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Andre Aciman
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1st Printing. Signed. 182 pages. Published in 2000. The author's debut collection of essays. One of the best books on its subject ever written. 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. The DJ is dazzling, utilizing a lovely reproduction of Andre Kertesz's famous photograph, "Martinique, January 1, 1972". Presents Andre Aciman's "False Papers". His now-classic reminiscences and reflections on the poignant and problematic experience of exile. "Ponders the nature of memory in a series of linked essays in which he remembers the past and revisits former haunts. What he's after is not so much the contrast between today's Alexandria and that of his boyhood, when he was a member of a rapidly dwindling Jewish population in the 1960's, or affirmation of his memories of his family's exile in Rome and Paris, but rather a dissection of nostalgia. Happily, this potentially abstract interpretation of the nexus between feeling and experience, place and identity, takes the form of piquant and confidently ambiguous travel stories. Along the way, Aciman muses on his love of the sea, his mixed emotions upon finding his grandfather's long-unvisited grave, the mnemonic allure of an abandoned New York subway station, and his amazement at the ambient hostility in Bethlehem, where, as in so many contested lands, 'memory, like spite, is bottomless' " (Diana Seaman). Often compared to no less than Marcel Proust, this is an absolute "must-have" title for Andre Aciman collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Andre Aciman. He underlined his signature for emphasis. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374299781. Bookseller Inventory # 18800
About this title:
We remember not because we have something we wish to go back to, nor because memories are all we have. We remember because memory is our most intimate, most familiar gesture. Most people are convinced I love Alexandria. In truth, I love remembering Alexandria. For it is not Alexandria that is beautiful. Remembering is beautiful.
Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, Andr Aciman has written a witty, surprising series of linked essays that ponder the experience of loss, moving from his forced departure from Alexandria as a teenager, through his brief stay in Europe, and finally to the home he's made (and half invented) on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
About the Author: A regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New Republic, Andr Aciman was born in Alexandria; raised in Egypt, Italy, and France; and educated at Harvard. He teaches literature at Bard and lives with his family in Manhattan.
Title: FALSE PAPERS: ESSAYS ON EXILE AND MEMORY - ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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