Archive for January, 2011

A Silver Dish

Added on January 27, 2011

A Silver Dish Saul Bellow New Yorker Magazine, New York, Sept 25, 1978 This New Yorker magazine is the true first printing of A Silver Dish, Bellow’s dense and intellectual novella; his first published story after winning the 1976 Nobel Prize. A luxurious signed limited edition of A Silver Dish was published one year later [...]

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Added on January 23, 2011

Fruit Brian Francis ECW Press, Canada, 2004 This hilarious novel about a boy and his nipples was chosen for the 2009 Canada Reads competition. It came in second place. Brian Francis is a gay writer who has written for a couple of Ontario gay newspapers. Peter Paddington, the main character of Fruit, is an overweight [...]

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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Added on January 20, 2011

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Michael Chabon Perennial Library, U.S.A. 1989 This is the first paperback edition of Chabon’s debut novel, which he started writing when he was just twenty-one years old. He submitted the finished book as his master’s thesis, and his professor, without telling Chabon, sent it off to a literary agent. Chabon ended [...]

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Slow Man

Added on January 15, 2011

Slow Man J.M. Coetzee Random House, Australia, 2005 This Australian first printing is the true first edition of Slow Man, Coetzee’s first novel after winning the Nobel Prize. Slow Man would be put out slightly later by Secker and Warburg in England and then by Viking in the States a month or so after that. [...]

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Elizabeth Costello

Added on January 11, 2011

Elizabeth Costello J.M. Coetzee Viking, U.S.A. 2003 This brilliant story is constructed around eight speeches given by the fictional aging novelist for whom this book is named. Six of the speeches are edited versions of essays previously published by Coetzee. In general, the essays are philosophical pieces about what it is to be human. Coetzee got mixed [...]

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Monkey Beach

Added on January 8, 2011

Monkey Beach Eden Robinson Alfred A. Knopf, Canada. 2000 Monkey Beach, Robinson’s debut novel, won the Ethel Wilson Prize and was nominated for the two biggest Canadian prizes: the Governor General’s Award and the Giller Prize. A British Columbia writer, her first book was an award winning collection of short stories called Traplines. Monkey Beach, [...]

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The Final Solution

Added on January 2, 2011

The Final Solution Michael Chabon Harper Collins, U.S.A. 2004 This novella came out one year earlier in a slightly different form in the Paris Review. In this story, Sherlock Holmes comes out of retirement to work on one last case. Reviews were mixed, but reviewers seem to be focused on comparing this book to Chabon’s [...]

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