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The Woman and the Ape

Peter Hoeg, Translated by Barbara Haveland

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ISBN 10: 0374292035 / ISBN 13: 9780374292034
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 2006
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1996 Stated First Edition 1996, New Book, Fine unclipped jacket ($23.00), Signed by the author on the title page, *Signature only, 261 clean tight unmarked unread pages, book has cream boards with 1/3 black covered spine, gilt embossed letters "PH" on the front cover, gilt embossed lettering on the spine, jacket has a color illustrated front and back, gold and black lettering, A Rare Author Signed Book. Bookseller Inventory # 004966

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Title: The Woman and the Ape

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An emotional and erotic love affair develops between Madelene, the beautiful, disillusioned wife of Adam Burden, and Erasmus, the intelligent ape brought to the Burdens' London home after escaping animal smugglers. 100,000 first printing.

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Peter Høeg, author of the international bestseller Smilla's Sense of Snow, has written a fable that explores our human status as inhabitants of paradise lost, and the trade-off between civilization and freedom. The story begins with a captured ape, dubbed Erasmus, a specimen of an apparently new species with a cognitive ability that seems to rival human capacities. Erasmus is rescued from scientific study and experimentation by Madelene, whose husband, Adam, is the zoo director. Escaping to an Eden-like nature reserve, Madelene finds an empathy with Erasmus that develops into a wild sexual liberation. When the pair emerge from Eden to try to stop Adam continuing researches on others of Erasmus' kind, paradise dissolves, and civilization wins out. Read an interview with Peter Høeg.

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