Title: OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION: ...
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2011
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 425 pages. Published in 2011. Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most significant literary achievements of our time. The first appearance of the essays in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. The pieces appeared previously in separate volumes in the United Kingdom, all of which are now scarce as First Editions. Presents Geoff Dyer's "Otherwise Known As The Human Condition". A 425-page compendium-volume of Geoff Dyer's finest and most representative essays. Written over a crucial twenty-year period (1989-2010), they appear in book form in the United States for the very first time. Dyer's large following as a novelist should be enhanced by these elegant and uber-intelligent essays, which are as riveting as his well-known novels. Criticism is a creative act, not just an intellectual one, for the simple reason that it engages every aspect of one's being (mind, body, feeling, senses). Western culture's fixation with storytelling (the novel in particular) has consigned even the greatest critics to second-tier status as writers and literary artists (third-tier if one considers poetry to be the highest achievement). Geoff Dyer has almost single-handedly kept the art of the essay alive and well in our Age of Academe, which has inflicted what may be the final death-blow to the form. "Possibly the best living writer in Britain" (The Daily Telegraph). An absolute "must-have" edition for Geoff Dyer collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Geoff Dyer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Cricle Award in 2012 for "Otherwise Known As The Human Condition". One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GEOFF DYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1555975798. Bookseller Inventory # 16530
*Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism*
*A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*
*A New York Times Top 10 Nonfiction Book of the Year, as selected by Dwight Garner*
Geoff Dyer has earned the devotion of passionate fans on both sides of the Atlantic through his wildly inventive, romantic novels as well as several brilliant, uncategorizable works of nonfiction. All the while he has been writing some of the wittiest, most incisive criticism we have on an astonishing array of subjects--music, literature, photography, and travel journalism--that, in Dyer's expert hands, becomes a kind of irresistible self-reportage.
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition collects twenty-five years of essays, reviews, and misadventures. Here he is pursuing the shadow of Camus in Algeria and remembering life on the dole in Brixton in the 1980s; reflecting on Richard Avedon and Ruth Orkin, on the status of jazz and the wonderous Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, on the sculptor ZadKine and the saxophonist David Murray (in the same essay), on his heroes Rebecca West and Ryszard Kapus´cin´ski, on haute couture and sex in hotels. Whatever he writes about, his responses never fail to surprise. For Dyer there is no division between the reflective work of the critic and the novelist's commitment to lived experience: they are mutually illuminating ways to sharpen our perceptions. His is the rare body of work that manages to both frame our world and enlarge it.
About the Author:
Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and five genre-defying books, including But Beautiful; Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist; and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. He lives in London.
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