Title: MEMORY OF SNOW AND OF DUST - Scarce Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 308 pages. Published in 1989. The author's autobiographical novel. The first appearance of the title 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 hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Breyten Bryetenbach's "Memory of Snow And of Dust'. Complex and allusive, a modern novel by the acclaimed author. "Both a gripping investigation of the South African predicament and also a meditation on exile, betrayal, love, and creation" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Breyten Breytenbach collectors. This title is a late-modern classic e. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. It is one of the most beautiful copies we have ever seen. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BREYTEN BREYTENBACH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374207666. Bookseller Inventory # 671
Synopsis: A South African novel about three main characters - Meheret, an Ethiopian journalist, Mano, an actor of mixed blood, and Barnum, an exiled writer. Part one describes their interacting lives; part two is set in a near future and tells the story of Mano, now in prison facing the death sentence.
From Publishers Weekly:
Breytenbach is a white Afrikaaner poet/novelist/essayist and activist against apartheid, who was imprisoned by the government for seven years and memorialized his experi ences in The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist. Theatrical images of illusion and reality run through his latest novel, a richly seething narrative made up of dreams, poems, dialogues between Ka'afir and the black puppet Polichinelle, letters, and a grim passion play dramatizing the arrest and murder of a black woman teacher. There are discourses on the African terrain, languages, myths and the status of Africa via-a-vis the white world (the "dust" and "snow" of the title). The story concerns the love between Ethiopian journalist Meheret and film actor Mano, whose "mixed blood" makes him look white--hence their child's totem, the chameleon. Meheret writes letters to the unborn infant telling of ancestors, griots and ancient lore so that at birth the child will be steeped in its identity. But at the Burkina Faso film festival, where Meheret and Mano first met, a white woman was murdered, Mano is accused, and ends in the playhouse of death row, where he confronts both the AIDS-smitten Polichinelle and "Judge Breytenbach." A moving, highly charged fictional memoir, this is an illuminating postmodern meditation on Africa.
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