F/F first edition signed twice - first with tipped in page signed with a purple Phl, one of only 15 copies signed thus (For Pelafina Heather Lièvre) and numbered 7/15 in pencil. When the author came to sign our stock, he also signed Phl in script on the "This is not for you page" together with a rough schematic drawing of walls, a door and three tiny explorers. This copy is unique in that Danielewski brought blue and red markers (to sign either Z or JT if we had any of the copies with those tipped-in pages, but he didn't bring a purple marker and we didn't have one lying around. So he signed in both red and blue to make a purple signature and added 7/15 and a small schematic of the tunnel in green ink. See photos. House of Leaves is difficult to describe. At the core (?) of this first novel is a house that is larger inside than it is outside. When award-winning photojournalist Will Navidson and his companion ex-model Karen Green move into the modest house on Ash Tree Lane with their two small children, their efforts toward normal domesticity are shattered by this discovery. Walls move, doors appear, and a vast labyrinth opens before them. Will decides to investigate and film the phenomenon; a mysterious old blind man dies while compiling the Navidson Record, a document describing the making of the film and annotating all of the interpretations which have sprung up to explain it; an apprentice tattoo artist discovers the manuscripts and continues the work. Haunting, scary, wicked, funny, puzzling, beautiful -- and, ultimately -- an elegant and moving love story. This book is not for everyone. But for people who love books, we think every collector will want a copy of the hardcover edition for the sheer beauty of the publisher's art embodied here. House is 700 pages long -- Danielewski and Pantheon have succeeded in creating a fascinatingly interactive and attractive physical object. The typography reflects the pace of the narrative, ranging from densely packed notations, some in mirror image, to spiraling print with but a handful of words on a page. Each time the word 'house' appears it is printed in blue ink; we could go on and on. House rocks! Signed by Mark Danielewski at Partners & Crime on March 14, 2000. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.
Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.
The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Had The Blair Witch Project been a book instead of a film, and had it been written by, say, Nabokov at his most playful, revised by Stephen King at his most cerebral, and typeset by the futurist editors of Blast at their most avant-garde, the result might have been something like House of Leaves. Mark Z. Danielewski's first novel has a lot going on: notably the discovery of a pseudoacademic monograph called The Navidson Record, written by a blind man named Zampanò, about a nonexistent documentary film--which itself is about a photojournalist who finds a house that has supernatural, surreal qualities. (The inner dimensions, for example, are measurably larger than the outer ones.) In addition to this Russian-doll layering of narrators, Danielewski packs in poems, scientific lists, collages, Polaroids, appendices of fake correspondence and "various quotes," single lines of prose placed any which way on the page, crossed-out passages, and so on.
Now that we've reached the post-postmodern era, presumably there's nobody left who needs liberating from the strictures of conventional fiction. So apart from its narrative high jinks, what does House of Leaves have to offer? According to Johnny Truant, the tattoo-shop apprentice who discovers Zampanò's work, once you read The Navidson Record,
For some reason, you will no longer be the person you believed you once were. You'll detect slow and subtle shifts going on all around you, more importantly shifts in you. Worse, you'll realize it's always been shifting, like a shimmer of sorts, a vast shimmer, only dark like a room. But you won't understand why or how.We'll have to take his word for it, however. As it's presented here, the description of the spooky film isn't continuous enough to have much scare power. Instead, we're pulled back into Johnny Truant's world through his footnotes, which he uses to discharge everything in his head, including the discovery of the manuscript, his encounters with people who knew Zampanò, and his own battles with drugs, sex, ennui, and a vague evil force. If The Navidson Record is a mad professor lecturing on the supernatural with rational-seeming conviction, Truant's footnotes are the manic student in the back of the auditorium, wigged out and furiously scribbling whoa-dude notes about life.
Title: House of Leaves *True 1st 2 Phls and drawing...
Publisher: Pantheon Books - Random House
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
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