Title: MAGIC SEEDS - Rare Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: London, England: Picador, 2004
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 294 pages. Published in 2004. The author's fourteenth novel. The ostensible sequel to "Half A Life" and reportedly V. S. Naipaul's final novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents V. S. Naipaul's "Magic Seeds". Tantalizing chapters originally appeared in The New Yorker Magazine. "A stunning novel of the present moment that takes us into the hearts and minds of those who use terrorism as an ideal and a way of life and those who aspire to the frightening power of wealth. Abandoning a life he felt was not his own, Willie Chandran moves to Berlin where his sister's radical political awakening inspires him to join a liberation movement in India. There, Willie, a solitary, inward man, discovers both the idealism and brutality of guerrilla warfare. A moving tale of a man searching for his life and fearing he has wasted it. Its spare, elegant prose sizzles with devastating psychological analysis, bleak humor, and astonishing characters. Only V. S. Naipaul could have written a novel so attuned to the world and so much a challenge to it" (Publisher's blurb). "The greatest writer of English prose" (London Observer). Bar none. An absolute "must-have" title for V. S. Naipaul collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by V. S. Naipaul. 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 Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Signed Naipauls are rare. He has always been an elusive and reluctant signer; most signed copies of his books are of the Limited Editions (on a tipped-in page). Signed copies of the regular First Editions (on the title page) are actually much more scarce than the former. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971 for "In A Free State". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0330485202. Bookseller Inventory # 7266
Synopsis: Willy Chandran - whom we first met in "Half a Life" - is a man who has allowed one identity after another to be thrust upon him. Now, in his early 40s, after a peripatetic life, he succumbs to the demanding encouragement of his sister - and his own listlessness - and joins an underground movement in India ostensibly devoted to unfettering the lower castes. But seven years of revolutionary campaigns and several years in jail convince him that the revolution 'had nothing to do with the village people we said we were fighting for', and he feels himself further than ever 'from his own history and...from the ideas of himself that might have come to him with that history'. When he returns to England where, 30 years before, his psychological and physical wanderings began, he finds the fruit of another unexpected social revolution (more magic seeds), and he comes to see himself as a man 'serving an endless prison sentence' - a revelation that may finally release him into his true self. "Magic Seeds" is a masterpiece, written with all the depth and resonance, the clarity of vision and precision of language that are the hallmarks of this brilliant writer.
From the Inside Flap:
From the Nobel laureate?a spare, searing new novel about identity and idealism, and their ability to shape or destroy us.
Willie Chandran?whom we first met in Half a Life?is a man in his early forties who has allowed one identity after another to be thrust upon him, as if he could truly know himself by becoming what others imagine him to be. His life has taken him from his native India to England, Africa in its last colonial moment, and Berlin, until finally it returns him to his homeland. Succumbing to the demanding encouragement of his sister?and his own listlessness?Willie joins an underground movement in India ostensibly devoted to unfettering the lower castes. But seven years of revolutionary campaigns and several years in jail convince him that the revolution "had nothing to do with the village people we said we were fighting for?[that] our ideas and words were more important than their lives and their ambitions for themselves." And, as well, he feels himself further than ever "from his own history and?from the ideas of himself that might have come to him with that history."
When Willie returns to England where, thirty years before, his psychological and physical wanderings began, he finds the fruit of another unexpected social revolution (more magic seeds), and comes to see himself as a man "serving an endless prison sentence"?a revelation that may finally release him into his true self.
Magic Seeds is a masterpiece, written with all the depth and resonance, the clarity of vision and precision of language, that are the hallmarks of this brilliant writer.
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