Tag: true first edition

Oryx and Crake

Added on October 25, 2016

Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2003 Oryx and Crake is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. The novel is set in the future. Atwood has argued in the media against the label of science fiction, preferring speculative fiction, because the novel [...]

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The Year of the Flood

Added on October 25, 2016

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2009 Canadian literary superstar Margaret Atwood wrote The Year of the Flood as a sort of sequel to Oryx and Crake, but it is actually more of a companion novel. Her tour to promote the book included a choral group singing some of the [...]

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The Bone Clocks

Added on October 19, 2016

The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Sceptre Books, London, 2014 The Bone Clocks, the epic new six part novel by David Mitchell, came out to mixed reviews. In James Woods’ so-so review, he says, “David Mitchell is a superb storyteller. He has an extraordinary facility with narrative: he can get a narrative rolling along faster than [...]

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The Museum of Innocence

Added on October 15, 2016

The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2009 This beautiful novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk uses the story of a rich Turkish man’s selfish love of a shop girl as a metaphor for the struggles of a Westernizing society that clings to its traditional view of women as chattel. In [...]

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In the Wake

Added on September 6, 2016

In the Wake Per Petterson The Harvill Press, U.K. 2002 In the Wake, Per Petterson’s second novel, is a fictional account of a young man who loses most of his family in the real-life Scandinavian Star ferry disaster of 1990. Petterson knows of what he writes. He lost his own mother, father, brother and cousin in this [...]

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The Childhood of Jesus

Added on July 29, 2016

The Childhood of Jesus J.M. Coetzee Text Publishing, Australia, 2013 This powerful dystopian novel moves away from Coetzee’s recent semi-aubiographical writing, reminding me of earlier works like The Age of Iron or In the Heart of the Country. Reviewers loved The Childhood of Jesus, which garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. In his [...]

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McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7

Added on June 30, 2016

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7 Michael Chabon, Various Contributors McSweeney’s, U.S.A. 2001 This edition of McSweeney’s Quarterly contains nine booklets with original stories by Kevin Brockmeier, Michael Chabon (Further Adventures of Kavalier and Clay), Ann Cummins, Courtney Eldridge, A.M. Homes, Heidi Julavits, J.T. Leroy, Allan Seager, William T. Vollmann and Chris Ware. Kevin Brockmeier’s story [...]

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Canadian Poetry Magazine

Added on March 29, 2016

Canadian Poetry Magazine Volume II Numbers 1 and 2 Malcolm Lowry Canadian Authors’ Association, Canada, 1947 These two old magazines both contain poems by Malcolm Lowry. Number 1 has Sestina in a Cantina. Number 2 has Old Freighter in an Old Port, Port Moody, and Indian Arm. These magazines were very cheaply manufactured; mimeographed on [...]

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Nora Webster

Added on February 18, 2016

Nora Webster Colm Toibin Scribner, New York, 2014 In his newest work of fiction, Colm Toibin gives us the gift of this beautifully nuanced and layered story of a woman coming to terms with the death of her spouse amid the turmoil of the Catholic struggle for human rights in Ireland. “Nora Webster is an [...]

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The Laughing Man

Added on January 29, 2016

The Laughing Man J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, N.Y. March 19, 1949 The Laughing Man is another Salinger story which appeared first in the New Yorker, then more famously in his collection Nine Stories. This New Yorker is the true first printing of the story; a story within a story about the end of youth. [...]

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