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 triumphant achievement. "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 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.
"A mighty novel." (Observer)
"Remarkable... May well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times" (Guardian)
"Thrilling and enigmatic" (New York Times Book Review)
"Snarling, effervescent and ambitious... Jacobson?s triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling" (Independent)
"Jacobson...goes from strength to strength." (William Leith Evening Standard)
"Very little about Jacobson?s circuitous romance-cum-murder mystery is straightforward ? other than its originality and its devastating brilliance." (Stephanie Cross Daily Mail)
"A dystopia that invites comparison with George Orwell?s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous Huxley?s Brave New World" (Sunday Times)
"Mystifying, serious and blackly funny." (Max Liu Independent on Sunday)
"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)
"A provocatively dystopian novel that depicts a disturbingly nice world." (Sunday Times)
"Sufficient testament to a writer who is...producing some of his most powerful work." (Irish Independent)
"A subtle, topical, thought-provoking and painfully uncomfortable novel." (John Sutherland The Times)
"You can?t help feeling that this is an important book, and it?s hugely compelling... Worthy of its status as a Booker long-listee." (Emma Herdman UK Press Syndication)
"Jacobson?s most significantly Jewish book and quite possibly his masterpiece." (Standpoint)
"The persistent reader will be duly rewarded, as the denouement reveals a hidden logic and the book climaxes with a brilliant literary (and philosophical) coup." (Sunday Business Post)
"Contemporary literature is overloaded with millenarian visions of destroyed landscapes and societies in flames, but Jacobson has produced one that feels frighteningly new by turning the focus within: the ruins here are the ruins of language, imagination, love itself." (Tim Martin Daily Telegraph)
"The savagery of his imagery and his conclusions are impossible to forget, and maybe even to deny." (Herald)
"Confounds expectations but confirms Jacobson?s reputation." (New Statesman)
"I loved this book. A compelling tale that is bound to be a hot contender for the Booker." (Rebecca Wallersteiner Lady)
"Impressive, disturbingly timely ? a massive step aside and a noticeable step up from most of his other fiction." (Bharat Tandon Times Literary Supplement)
"A pivotal ? and impressive change of direction for [Jacobson]." (Gerald Isaaman UK Press Syndication)
"Sentence by sentence, he remains perhaps the best British author around." (James Walton Spectator)
"This is Jacobson at his provocative, surprising, brilliant best." (Kate Saunders Saga Magazine)
"Thrilling written and the most ambitious work on the shortlist... Once you?ve worked out what?s going on, you?ll be gripped by its hints of an anti-Semitic armageddon." (Mail on Sunday)
"It?s stark and daring." (Gaby Wood Telegraph)
"A brilliant conspiracy yarn examining the manipulation of collective memory." (Mail on Sunday)
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