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THE UNPOSSESSED CITY - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed And Dated by Jon Fasman

Fasman, Jon

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ISBN 10: 1594201900 / ISBN 13: 9781594201905
Published by New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2008
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 340 pages. Published in 2008. The author's second novel. One of the best novels on post-Communist Russia, as seen from an American novelist's "outsider/insider" perspective. 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. Elsa Chiao's DJ design, which utilizes an evocative photograph of Moscow by the great photojournalist Adri Berger, is outstanding. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jon Fasman's "The Unpossessed City". A Le Carre-esque twist to the espionage thriller genre. "Jim Vilatzer lives at home and works in his parents' restaurant. He's going nowhere until gambling debts force him to make a change. He lands a job in Moscow (he grew up speaking Russian to his immigrant grandparents), interviewing survivors of the Gulag for a not-for-profit company. His work soon makes him a pawn in a scheme to sell to the highest bidder four of the former USSR's top weapons engineers which, in turn, leads him to become a target of Russian state security and the CIA. Fasman weaves two very different plotlines, one the story of a man discovering a new world and realizing that his roots are more important than he realized, the other tracking the machinations of crooked Russian officials to sell fellow citizens for a profit. The first plot is deftly, even lovingly achieved: Fasman's Moscow is beautiful, tragic, brutal, and exhilarating. The second storyline is more convoluted and arcane. The sum of the parts in this lyrically written novel is more than enough to keep readers engaged" (Thomas Gaughan). An absolute "must-have" title for Jon Fasman and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in month and year of publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Jon Fasman Nov. 10, 2008. It is signed directly on the page itself, not a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Jon Fasman's "The Geographer's Library" was one of the most important literary debuts of the decade. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JON FASMAN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1594201900. Bookseller Inventory # 15400

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Title: THE UNPOSSESSED CITY - Scarce Fine Copy of ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In this taut, atmospheric novel by the author of The New York Times bestseller The Geographer?s Library, a young American finds himself adrift in Russia amid murderous bureaucrats, Central Asian mobsters, and a conspiracy to sell Soviet bioweapons to the highest bidder.

Jim Vilatzer was going nowhere?working in his parents? restaurant, sleeping in his childhood bedroom?until he ran up gambling debts that forced him to go somewhere far away?fast. He uses his Russian-language skills (learned from his émigré grandparents) to cadge a job in Moscow finding and interviewing survivors of the Gulag. At first, he only finds that they are well hidden and leery of sharing their horrific stories, but he also discovers that he?s falling in love with their homeland. He is intoxicated by Moscow?s brooding, ironic atmosphere, its vast reservoir of entrepreneurial energy, its otherworldly churches and majestic subways. On any given day, petty indignities are more than offset by random acts of kindness.

Jim?s taste for gambling is satisfied merely by living in a city that teems with risk and promise. So he blithely accepts a big win when a chance meeting with a lovely aspiring actress leads not only to romance but also to her grandfather, a concentration camp survivor who does actually want to share his story. Soon Jim is on a roll, scoring interviews with four other survivors in as many days, learning harrowing and fascinating things about bygone atrocities and feeling like he has finally found where he belongs.

But his apparent success has earned him the attention of Russia?s Interior Ministry and the CIA. Jim has become an unwitting cog in a scheme to spirit Soviet scientists and their deadly secrets out of Russia and into the hands of the highest bidder. Pursued ruthlessly by both sides, he must flee again, this time to the lawless border country, where an economist-cum- mobster is preparing to peddle the world?s most dangerous technologies to whichever terrorists can muster the cash first.

Like Donna Leon?s novels of Venice or John Burdett?s Bangkok series, The Unpossessed City makes of its setting an intricate, irresistible character. With taut, ingenious plotting and incisive prose, Fasman engages our most visceral fears and throws brilliant light on our most primal drives?to feel that we belong, to find love, to become better than we are.

About the Author:

Jon Fasman was born in Chicago in 1975 and grew up in Washington, D.C. He was educated at Brown and Oxford Universities and has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., New York, Oxford, and Moscow. His writing has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The Moscow Times, and The Economist. His first novel, The New York Times bestseller The Geographer?s Library, was published in more than a dozen languages.

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