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THE INTERROGATION - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First English-language "Nobel Prize" Edition/First Printing

Le Clezio, J. M. G. (Translated by Daphne Woodward)

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ISBN 10: 1439149186 / ISBN 13: 9781439149188
Published by New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2008
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. 243 pages. Published in 2008. New Reissued Edition of the author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in this "Nobel Prize Award" 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 design is brilliant: On the cover, it shows the handsome, 23-year-old J. M. G. Le Clezio, as photographed by the late Helmut Newton. On the back, Le Clezio is shown in 2008, still-handsome at 68, as photographed by Catherine Helie. Presents J. M. G. Le Clezio's "The Interrogation" in a felicitous English translation. His experimental first novel, often called the "French Catcher In The Rye". "Has told his story without a single recourse to philosophical, moral or metaphysical jargon. His tone has a tranquillity which conveys all the ultimate sense of the profound meaning of life, a tone for poets" (L'Express). Le Clezio won the Prix Renaudot for his novel, then decided that the French literary scene was not for him, promptly spent most of his adult life abroad, and went on to write more than forty books. One of them is available in translation, and is particularly significant for the author himself, "Mexican Dream, Or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations" (1993). To write the novel, Le Clezio studied (and translated into French) the ancient Mayan texts. In other words, he went from being a literary sensation to a serious student of speech as the true basis of literature. Producing a very large body of work in the process is another genuine achievement for a prodigy. Most prodigies, particularly literary ones, burn out very quickly and stop writing altogether. Le Clezio never stopped writing, but because he is a ferocious critic of the European (that is, American-colonial) destruction of the Native American languages and histories, he has been a marginal figure throughout his long literary life. "A conjurer who tried to lift words above the degenerate state of everyday speech and to restore them the power to invoke an essential reality" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for J. M. G. Le Clezio collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition Thus/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The 1964 First English-language Edition commands about $2500 even though none of the few copies available online is in fine condition. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER J. M. G. LE CLEZIO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1439149186. Bookseller Inventory # 15508

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Title: THE INTERROGATION - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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From the original Atheneum edition jacket, 1964.

"J.M.G. Le Clézio, revelation of the literary year" ran the headline of the Paris Express after last year's prizes had been awarded. The Goncourt jury was locked five to five until its president used his double vote to give the prize to the older candidate. Ten minutes later the Renaudot jury elected the candidate they thought they might lose to the other prize. Most of the literary sections ran their prize news putting the Renaudot first, in order to feature the twenty-three-year-old discovery that was rocking Paris literary circles.

What is The Interrogation? Most likely a myth without distinct delineations. A very solitary young man, Adam Pollo, perhaps the first man, perhaps the last, has a very remarkable interior adventure. He concentrates and he discovers ways of being, ways of seeing. He enters into animals, into a tree.... He has no business, no distractions; he is at the complete disposal of life. All of life, that is, except the society of his own species -- and so the story ends.

"This is the next phase after the 'the new novel,'" wrote the critics. Kafka they said; a direct descendant of Joyce, they said. Beckett they said. Like nothing else, they said. One hundred thousand Frenchmen bought it. They said it was strange and beautiful. Finally the real voice of the young, said the critics. "I like J. D. Salinger," said Mr. Le Clézio, and that was all he said. His remarkable first book will soon be published all over the world and much more will be said.

About the Author:

J.M.G. Le Cl - zio, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in Nice in 1940 and is one of France's best-known contemporary writers. He has written more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, including works for children. His works are translated into 36 languages around the world. He currently divides his time between Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mauritius, and his house on the sea in Brittany, France.

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