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UNDER THE JAGUAR SUN - Scarce Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Calvino, Italo (Translated by William Weaver)

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ISBN 10: 0151928207 / ISBN 13: 9780151928200
Published by New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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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

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Title: UNDER THE JAGUAR SUN - Scarce Fine Copy of ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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“The thought . . . called up the flavors of an elaborate and bold cuisine, bent on making the flavors’ highest notes vibrate, juxtaposing them in modulations, in chords, and especially in dissonances that would assert themselves as an incomparable experience.” — From Under the Jaguar Sun
 
These intoxicating stories delve down to the core of our senses of taste, hearing, and smell. Amid the flavors of Mexico’s fiery chiles and spices, a couple on holiday discovers dark truths about the maturing of desire in the title story, “Under the Jaguar Sun.” In “A King Listens,” a gripping portrait of a frenzied mind, the menacing echoes in a huge palace spur a tyrant’s thoughts to the heights of paranoid intensity. “The Name, the Nose” drives to a startling conclusion as men across time and space pursue the women whose aromas have enchanted them. Mordant and deliciously offbeat, this trio of tales is a treat from a master of short fiction.

“[Calvino is] a learned, daring, ingeniously gifted magus . . . Under the Jaguar Sun . . . fuses fable with neuron . . . The reader is likely to salivate.” — Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review

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ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

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