MATING - Rare Fine Set: Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing With Copy of The Paris Review Issue: Signed by Norman Rush - ONLY SIGNED SET ONLINE

Rush, Norman

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1st Printing. Signed. 485 pages. Published in 1991. Rare Norman Rush collectible set. A fine copy of "Mating" with a fine copy of the Paris Review Fall 2010 Issue, both signed by Norman Rush. The latter features the landmark "Art of Fiction" Interview with Norman Rush. "Mating" is Norman Rush's breakthrough debut novel. The First Hardcover 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. Presents Norman Rush's "Mating". His sensational first novel. "A fiercely intelligent, hugely ambitious novel that takes on feminism, socialism, political corruption, foreign-sponsored rural development projects, and yes, male-female relations, in ways that are simultaneously hilarious and disturbing. Certainly Rush's language is a big part of what makes the novel work: The narrator's combination of elevated vocabulary and wacky non sequiturs is inspired. Remarkable for its wit, its acuity, and its ability to satirize without being demeaning. It's also a heck of an entertaining story. Jane Austen would have been proud" (Alix Wilbur). Two fascinating tidbits about Mr. Rush: Before becoming a full-fledged writer, he was a rare book dealer of the most rarefied kind, specializing in antiquarian material. Then, he dropped everything and moved to Africa, living there for five years, which stay is the solid experience-basis of "Mating", still his most celebrated and beloved novel. An absolute "must-have" set for Norman Rush collectors. This copy of "Mating" is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Norman Rush. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. It comes with a copy of the Paris Review Fall 2010 Issue, which features the "Art of Fiction" Interview, also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on his Contribution by the author. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed set available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. A rare signed set thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 1991 for "Mating". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine set. (SEE ALSO OTHER NORMAN RUSH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394544722. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Set in the African republic of Botswana--the locale of his acclaimed short story collection, Whites--Norman Rush's novel simultaneously explores the highest of intellectual high grounds and the most tortuous ravines of the erotic. tackles the geopolitics of poverty and the mystery of what men and women really want.


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Review: Had Jane Austen been in the Peace Corps in Africa in the 1980s, Mating is the book she might have written. Set in Botswana in the days before the end of apartheid, Norman Rush's novel is, essentially, a comedy of manners played out in Austen's approved milieu: a country village. Granted, the village in question, Tsau, is a utopian society created by the great American anthropologist Nelson Denoon, and run largely by and for disenfranchised and abused African women. Still, the issue that interests Rush (and the one that fueled Austen's novels) is the age-old question of who mates with whom, and why? The unnamed narrator is a 32-year-old postgraduate student in anthropology whose dissertation has just gone south on her. Drifting around the edges of the expatriate community in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, she first meets Denoon:

He was smiling at Kgosetlemang--the event was to be considered over with, clearly--and I could tell that his gingivae were as good as mine; which is saying a lot. I attend to my gums. People in the bush don't always attend to their oral hygiene, not to mention other niceties. There was no sign of that here. I of course am fanatical about my gums because my idea of what the movie I Wake Up Screaming is about is a woman who has to keep dating to find her soulmate and she's had to get dentures. I have very long-range anxieties.
Entranced by this potential soulmate, our heroine strikes out into the Kalahari Desert with a couple of donkeys and follows him to his utopia where sexual attraction, regional politics, and social experimentation make for very strange bedfellows, indeed.

Mating is a fiercely intelligent, hugely ambitious novel that takes on feminism, socialism, political corruption, foreign-sponsored rural development projects, and, yes, male-female relations in ways that are simultaneously hilarious and disturbing. Certainly Rush's language is a big part of what makes the novel work: the narrator's combination of elevated vocabulary and wacky non sequiturs is inspired. When, for example, Denoon explains to her that most of the women in Tsau are celibate and therefore so is he, she reflects that "of course the spiritus rector of a female community would need to be a sexual solitary, at least during the foundational period." She then wonders if "this situation was the analog of western series on television where the female watchership shrank to nothing when the producers let the marshal get married." Mating is remarkable for its wit, its acuity, and its ability to satirize without demeaning; it's also a heck of an entertaining story. Jane Austen would have been proud. --Alix Wilber

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Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf
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