MONSIEUR PAIN - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing
1st Printing. 134 pages. Published in 2010. The author's historico-literary novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and 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 Roberto Bolano's "Monsieur Pain" in a felicitous English translation. Based on real-life figures and events, including the enigmatic eponymous character, Bolano wrote and published the novel when he was in his late 20's and during his long obscurity (in 1981 or 1982) as "The Elephant Path". He reissued it in 1999 as "Monsieur Pain", and discreetly alludes to its connection with a later work, "Last Evenings On Earth". Its very belated appearance in English is part of an ongoing project to translate and publish Bolano's complete oeuvre, and as such, is not only laudable but noble and necessary. "A hallucinatory masterwork. One of Robert Bolano's most tender and moving novels" (Publisher's blurb). What exactly is Roberto Bolano's achievement? "He emerged as a writer at a time when Latin America no longer believed in utopias, when paradise had become hell, and that sense of monstrousness and waking nightmares and constant flight from something horrid permeates '2666' and all his work. A writer who worked without a net, who went all out, with no brakes, and in doing so, created a new way to be a great Latin American writer" (Rodrigo Fresan). The consistently high level of Bolano's virtuosity is almost miraculous when one sees it as having been achieved during a brief and miserable personal life. It was as though he turned to literature not just to complement or complete but to change his life altogether. By the time of his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 50, Bolano was universally regarded as the greatest Spanish-language novelist of our time. "The real thing and the rarest" (Susan Sontag). An absolute "must-have" title for Roberto Bolano collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERTO BOLANO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0811217140. Bookseller Inventory # 15878
About this title:
Occult sciences, César Vallejo, WWII, hopeless love, and a final ?Epilogue for Voices?: Monsieur Pain is a hallucinatory masterwork by the great Roberto Bolano.Paris, 1938. The Peruvian poet César Vallejo is in the hospital, afflicted with an undiagnosed illness, and unable to stop hiccuping. His wife calls on an acquaintance of her friend Madame Reynaud: the Mesmerist Pierre Pain. Pain, a timid bachelor, is in love with the widow Reynaud, and agrees to help. But two mysterious Spanish men follow Pain and bribe him not to treat Vallejo, and Pain takes the money. Ravaged by guilt and anxiety, however, he does not intend to abandon his new patient, but then Pain?s access to the hospital is barred and Madame Reynaud leaves Paris?. Another practioner of the occult sciences enters the story (working for Franco, using his Mesmeric expertise to interrogate prisoners)?as do Mme. Curie, tarot cards, an assassination, and nightmares. Meanwhile, Monsieur Pain, haunted and guilty, wanders the crepuscular, rainy streets of Paris...
About the Author:
Author of 2666 and many other acclaimed works, Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and later lived in Mexico, Paris, and Spain. He has been acclaimed ?by far the most exciting writer to come from south of the Rio Grande in a long time? (Ilan Stavans, The Los Angeles Times),? and as ?the real thing and the rarest? (Susan Sontag). Among his many prizes are the extremely prestigious Herralde de Novela Award and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. He was widely considered to be the greatest Latin American writer of his generation. He wrote nine novels, two story collections, and five books of poetry, before dying in July 2003 at the age of 50.
The poet Chris Andrews has translated many books by Roberto Bolaño and César Aira for New Directions.
Title: MONSIEUR PAIN - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
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