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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios-SIGNED, DATED & LOCATED FIRST PRINTING

Martel, Yann

ISBN 10: 0571168884 / ISBN 13: 9780571168880
Published by Faber, London, 1999
Condition: Fine
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Fine copy of the author's first book. First printing with the Faber imprint and complete number string. Signed, located and dated by the author to the title page: Yann Martel Hay-on-Wye June 2nd 2002. The book is clean and without faults although the pages are very slightly age-tanned as seems inevitable with Faber editions of this period. The dustwrapper is complete and protected and with only very minimal shelfwear evident. Bookseller Inventory # 003169

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Title: The Facts Behind the Helsinki ...

Publisher: Faber, London

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Contains four stories that mark the debut of this author. The title story, "The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" won the Journey Prize.

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Given the spectacular success of Canadian writer Yann Martel's bestselling novel Life of Pi (winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize and Amazon.com's Best Book of 2002) it's no surprise that his early short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, would attract new readers. Originally published in 1993, these four well-crafted stories have been slightly revised by him for this new edition (the book's first publication in America). Only one of these stories, "Manners of Dying," reads like apprentice work, but even this piece is highly accomplished and full of interest. Every page here shows the development of Martel's stealthy, understated prose (think Paul Auster with a Canadian quietude). In fact, the title story begins so calmly and matter-of-factly that the opening pages feel almost listless. A college senior describes his budding friendship with the freshman he has been assigned to shepherd through the first months of the school year. When the new friend is diagnosed with AIDSs (it is the mid-1980s, and this is a more-or-less immediate death sentence) the emotional stakes gradually increase, not only in predictable ways, as the reluctant narrator is drawn further into his friend's life, but in the jokes, arguments, and revelations brought to light by their collaboration in a sparkling intellectual game--a story the friends write together, in alternating turns--that provides a delicate scaffold for the private drama of death. --Regina Marler

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