Title: UNDER THE JAGUAR SUN - Scarce Fine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 86 pages. Published in 1986. Collection of short stories. One of the greatest literary texts of the 20th century. 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 Italo Calvino's "Under The Jaguar Sun" in a felicitous English translation. Three of Italo Calvino's classic short stories on the sense of taste, hearing, and smell: "Under The Jaguar Sun", "The King Listens", and "The Name, The Nose". Calvino had planned to devote a story to each of the senses, but died before he could write the remaining two (on sight and touch). This makes it sound like his collection is unfinished in the wrong way: While each of the stories is focussed on one particular sense, Calvino's achievement lies in the fact that he evokes all of the other senses as well with each story. "The senses, promising the fulfillment of desire and an exit from the self, only lead back to their source: The savoring palate, the listening ear, the smelling nose" (Publisher's blurb). Italo Calvino's understanding of the sensuous aspect of life is so profound that it inspired the great physician/writer, F. Gonzalez-Crussi, to write one of the finest books on the subject, "The Five Senses", which he dedicated to Calvino. The Italian Master was first introduced to the Anglo-American world by Gore Vidal, who wrote that "Calvino does what very few writers can do: He describes imaginary worlds with the most extraordinary precision and beauty". "Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us" (John Updike). An absolute "must-have" title for Italo Calvino collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and despite the printing flaw (publisher's ink-stain on pages 21 and 22) is in otherwise especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have major flaws. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest Italian writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ITALO CALVINO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0151928207. Bookseller Inventory # 17815
Synopsis: Three senses-taste, hearing, and smell-dominate the lives of the characters in these witty, fantastical stories. But the senses, promising the fulfillment of desire and an exit from the self, only lead back to their source: the savoring palate, the listening ear, the smelling nose. ?A sumptuous small gem of a book? (Publishers Weekly). Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
About the Author: Italo Calvino (15 October 1923 ? 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).Lionised in Britain and America, he was, at the time of his death, the most-translated contemporary Italian writer.
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