Title: J - Rare Pristine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 327 pages. Published in 2014. The author's fourteenth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. 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 Howard Jacobson's "J". "A snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobson's triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris" (The Independent). "A real giant. A great, great writer" (Jonathan Safran Foer). An absolute "must-have" title for Howard Jacobson collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (one month before the Booker Prize) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Howard Jacobson London 14-9-2014". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and dated 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: The British Edition significantly precedes the American. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2010 for "The Finkler Question". Finalist for the Booker Prize in 2014 for "J". One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HOWARD JACOBSON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0553419552. Bookseller Inventory # 19074
Synopsis: Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
?J is a snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobson?s triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris.? ?Independent (UK)
Man Booker Prize?winner Howard Jacobson?s brilliant and profound new novel, J, ?invites comparison with George Orwell?s 1984 and Aldous Huxley?s Brave New World? ( Sunday Times, London). Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying.
Kevern Cohen doesn?t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn?t then, and isn?t now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn?s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair?s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together?whatever the cost.
In this stunning, evocative, and terribly heartbreaking work, where one couple?s love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.
Review: "To say J is unlike any other novel Jacobson has written would be misleading: the same ferocious wit runs throughout... That said, comparisons do not do full justice to Jacobson's achievement in what may well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times." -- John Burnside Guardian "A snarling, effervescent and ambitious philosophical work of fiction... Jacobson's triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling." -- James Kidd Independent "Jacobson once jokingly referred to himself as a Jewish Jane Austen. Here he reinvents himself as a Jewish Aldous Huxley - and displays mastery in the role." -- Max Davidson Mail on Sunday "Jacobson has crafted an immersive, complex experience with care and guile." -- Anthony Cummins Observer "J is a remarkable achievement: an affecting, unsettling - and yes, darkly amusing - novel." -- Matthew Adams National
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