Archive for October, 2011

The Return — ARC

Added on October 28, 2011

The Return — ARC Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2000 Here is the advance review copy of The Return, Bolano’s second book of short stories and his 11th book to be translated into English. From Publishers Weekly: ”The stories have a subdued quality, from underworld confessionals like ‘Snow’ and ‘Joanna Silvestri’ to tender reminiscences like [...]

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Dead-Eye Dick

Added on October 21, 2011

Kurt Vonnegut Dead-Eye Dick Delacorte Press, U.S.A. 1982 This is the book that got my collection started. One day, many years ago, I was unwillingly manning a table at a local flea market, tired of trying to convince non-collectors that a rare 60 year old toaster in perfect condition could potentially be worth more than [...]

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The Twin

Added on October 16, 2011

The Twin Gerbrand Bakker Archipelago Books, Brooklyn, 2008 The Twin made Gerbrand Bakker the first Dutch writer to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2010. When it first came out in Holland, it was awarded the Golden Dog-Ear Award for the best selling literary debut. It is a story of a man, Helmer, who [...]

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A Confederacy of Dunces

Added on October 10, 2011

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole Louisiana State University Press, U.S.A. 1980 Sadly, John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 at the age of 32, eleven years before his masterpiece would be published. As a matter of fact, this work of comic genius might never have been published at all if Toole’s mother hadn’t [...]

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Out Stealing Horses

Added on October 6, 2011

Out Stealing Horses (true first edition) Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2005 This ex-library book is the rare true first edition of the book that propelled Petterson into the international literary limelight. It won the Norwegian Booksellers prize, and the English translation won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was also [...]

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A Perfect Day for Bananafish

Added on October 1, 2011

A Perfect Day for Bananafish J. D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, January 31, 1948 Up to this time, the New Yorker had published only one of Salinger’s short stories (Slight Rebellion Off Madison — December 21, 1946). According to Wikipedia, because of the ‘singular quality’ of A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Salinger was offered [...]

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