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Calisher, Hortense

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ISBN 10: 0679415742 / ISBN 13: 9780679415749
Published by Random House, NY, 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first prnt. Signed by Callisher on the half-title page. Remainder stripe on the top edge; dustjacket with minimal wear at the spine ends. Near Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with a Durafold mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 1100304

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Publisher: Random House, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title


Gonchev, a giant of international cinema, escapes his homeland in the Balkans and begins life anew, along with his adulterous actress wife Vuksica, in the United States. 10,000 first printing. $10,000 ad/promo.

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``By the last decade of the twentieth century, America...had become accustomed to taking to its heart or its bosom...a particular band of adopted heroes...called dissidents.'' In her latest bemusement with fancies bred in the dazzlingly cerebrating heads of wryly antiheroic protagonists, and with a spider-web-light satiric voice, Calisher (Age, 1987; The Bobby-Soxer, 1986, etc.) here follows the arrival in America of a famous cinema director-- his netting by and release from a ``minor Balkan province'' (presumably Albania). For 16 years, Paul Gonchev, born in Russia, educated in Japan, has produced ``travelogues'' in the ``confined space'' of a fierce small country where travel was a ``sin.'' Then, scenting danger in a country thistled with it, Gonchev's wife, Vuksica--mother of teenaged Laura and bullboy son Klement--arranges to have Gonchev shanghaied (``exported'' as he would later think of it) to America, hungry for famous dissidents. Unlikely guides take over: a brace of dissident-hunters; a Breslin-like Manhattan journalist; and Roko, the tiny Japanese woman who translates (Gonchev reserves his English). Back home, meanwhile, the family stirs: Laura arrives in the US bound for yuppiedom; brother-in-law Danilo and Vuksica will perform virtuoso rescues; and a mother shoots her son! All this while Gonchev absorbs the US (accompanied by lover Roko) in short takes: from the color of N.Y.C.'s harbor (``sadness or squid'') to college students eating red meat (``recently on the haunch'') to a quake in California, where a new friend is slowly devoured by earth-as-womb. Throughout the ‚migr‚s' journey, Gonchev tosses off bomblets of perceptions, cinematic images giving off little heat but a sharp flickering light, with some incidental buffoonery. At the close, Gonchev, a happy American, will teach his students to forget the dream city of the ‚migr‚ and ``record wherever one is, while standing by the river of flux.'' A slow, packed, teeming fictional journey, but the becalmed- to-bucketing excursion through the fantasized ‚migr‚ experience is worth a trip. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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