Title: THE INTERROGATION - Scarce Pristine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
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
Adam Pollo, an amnesiac ex-student, has broken into an empty seaside villa. He visits the town at rare intervals and as briefly as his scanty purchases - cigarettes, biscuits, beer - permit. Soon lack of human contact affects him like a drug and he experiences other modes of being: through a dog's eye or a rat's . . . states of heightened consciousness which build up into a terrifying world of glaring hallucinatory experience.
Then Adam addresses a small crowd in the town. His unnerving rhetoric ends in arrest and removal to an asylum. And there the interrogation begins . . .
With this stunning debut novel Le Clézio was acclaimed as the most exciting figure to appear on the French literary scene since the death of Camus. The Interrogation still holds the power to grip and astonish today.
Review: 'Praise for the 1964 edition: 'A brilliant and fascinating literary debut, flecked throughout with an originality and a freshness of thought which stirs the imagination' Sunday Telegraph 'Unusually original ... not since Antoine stared at his hand and wished it would turn into a frog in Sartre's La Nausee have I read a novel so successful in communicating the horrors of such trivia as muck up our day-to-day existence. This is a most remarkable literary debut' Spectator
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