Title: THE UNPOSSESSED CITY - Scarce Fine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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
Synopsis: A gripping novel about the dangers and draws of contemporary Russia?from the author of The Geographer?s Library
With The Geographer?s Library, Jon Fasman made an ?inventive and spirited? debut (The New Yorker) that landed him on The New York Times bestseller list. Every bit as dazzling, The Unpossessed City takes readers into the Wild East that is Russia today. There we meet Jim Vilatzer?an American expat whose Russian language skills land him a job interviewing former inmates of the Gulag and ensnare him in a web of deceit involving the CIA, Russia?s Interior Ministry, and Central Asian arms dealers selling the most dangerous technologies to the highest bidder. From its brooding portrayal of Moscow to its riveting pace, The Unpossessed City is an atmospheric triumph in the tradition of Donna Leon?s novels of Venice.
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, Legal Affairs, the Moscow Times, and The Washington Post. He is now a writer and an editor for The Economist's Web site.
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