Title: THE SOUTH: A NOVEL - Rare Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Viking Press, 1991
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 238 pages. Published in 1991. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the greatest literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in hardcover and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The 1990 First British Edition was a softcover original only. The First Hardcover Edition is now rare. Presents Colm Toibin's "The South". His sensational debut. The title refers to Spain, which Northern Irish like the celebrated journalist Colm Toibin refer to as The South. "A strong and moving work about the hard truths of changing one's life. Colm Toibin, like his characters, never says too much and never lets us grow too uncomfortable. A grand achievement" (Don DeLillo). Very few journalists, especially very successful ones as the young Toibin was, make the transition from journalism to literature. There is a long list of genre writers ("journalist-turned-thriller writer" is an honorable career change) but only a handful of "journalist-turned-literary artist". Colm Toibin is one of these blessed few, and we have been blessed with his exquisite prose for more than twenty years now. An absolute "must-have" edition for Colm Toibin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen in the title page by Colm Toibin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed 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: Most copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670838705. Bookseller Inventory # 16319
Synopsis: In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland and her family for Barcelona, determined to become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and proceeds to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish emigre to Spain, forces her to re-examine all her relationships: to her lover, her art and the homeland she only thought she knew. This is a strong and moving work of fiction about the hard truths of changing one's life. Colm Toibin, like his characters, never says too much and never lets us grow too comfortable. A grand achievement' Don DeLillo A broad and beautifully worked canvas ...An imaginative, deeply felt and evocative tale' Sunday Times
About the Author: Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship and most recently The Master, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.
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