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  • BEYOND THE CURVE. by Abe, Kobo
    Abe, Kobo
    BEYOND THE CURVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Tokyo: Kodansha, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - His first collection of short fiction, one which confirms his reputation as one of Japan's most significant modern writers. The stories - often surrealistic - start from the same point: a seemingly innocuous act plunges an ordinary individual into extraordinary, often nightmarish circumstances that lead him to question his identity or his sanity. Translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter. 247 pp. ISBN: 4770014651.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57867
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  • STORY NUMBER 4: For Children of Any Age. by Ionesco, Eugene (Illustrated by Jean-Michel Nicollet.)
    Ionesco, Eugene (Illustrated by Jean-Michel Nicollet.)
    STORY NUMBER 4: For Children of Any Age.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harlin Quist, (1973.) dj. Hardcover first edition - French playwright's fourth and final book for children - "in this, Josette and her Papa engage in a fantastic game of hide and seek --" Illustrated in full color by Jean-Michel Nicollet. Maurice Sendak called the first two books among "the most imaginative picture books of the past decade." Translated by Ciba Vaughan. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-825201101.

    Condition: Fine in a good dustjacket (price-clipped, several closed tears to dj, now protected in an archival cover)

    Book ID: 55195
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  • GOGOL'S WIFE AND OTHER STORIES. by Landolfi, Tommaso.
    Landolfi, Tommaso.
    GOGOL'S WIFE AND OTHER STORIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: New Directions, (1963.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first book by Landolfi to be published in the United States, a collection of stories written over a period of 25 years. Gandolfi has been called the Italian Kafka, linked with the surrealists, compared to Borges - but his remains a unique voice, imaginative and ironic. Translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal, John Longrigg & Wayland Young. 183 pp..

    Condition: Ex-library but with only one stamp on the rear endpaper and slight signs of a pocket having been removed, so overall a tight and clean copy in a near fine and unmarked dustjacket. Uncommon in the hardcover first edition.

    Book ID: 31029
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  • Pinget, Robert (translated by Barbara Wright.)
    BETWEEN FANTOINE AND AGAPA.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Red Dust, 1982. dj. Hardcover first edition - Swiss-born Pinget's first prose work, originally published in France in 1950, and not translated into English until this edition. In the author's new preface, written for this translation, he describes himself as being very much under the influence of the surrealists at that time. Photograph of Pinget on the back cover of the dust jacket is also by Wright, the translator. 83 pp. ISBN: 0-873760409.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33013
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  • Pinget, Robert (translated by Barbara Wright.)
    THAT VOICE.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Red Dust, 1982. dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel of death and disintegration in a small French village by this experimental writer, originally published in France in 1975, and not translated into English until this edition. Includes both a new preface to this edition, and another preface consisting of the jacket material from the original edition. 6 photograph of Pinget in his country house on the back cover of the dust jacket by Barbara Wright, the translator. Bibliography. 114 pp. ISBN: 0-873760417.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33014
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  • THE ANTAGONISTIC LINK: Joaquin Torres-Garcia / Theo von Doesburg by Torres-Garcia, Joaquin and von Doesburg, Theo
    Torres-Garcia, Joaquin and von Doesburg, Theo
    THE ANTAGONISTIC LINK: Joaquin Torres-Garcia / Theo von Doesburg

    Edition: First printing.

    Amsterdam: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes a Foreword by Eduardo Lipschutz-Villa, a fascinating collection of letters between van Doesburg in Paris, and Torres-Garcia of Uraguay and commentary on their art and influence by the artists themselves and such writers as Sebastian Lopez, Nicolle Gast, and Jorge Castillo. Selected bibliography, many full color and black and white illustrations, illustrated endpapers. An attractive volume, bound in black cloth. ISBN: 90-800968-1-4.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 16618
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  • THE WIG: A Mirror Image. by Wright, Charles (1932-2008)
    Wright, Charles (1932-2008)
    THE WIG: A Mirror Image.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966). Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel, a surreal look at 1960s New York as shown in the story of Lester Jefferson, "a rambunctiously outgoing and terminally callow variation on Wrights urban-loner persona. Lester is determined to capitalize on the transformative potential of Lyndon Johnsons Great Society with some bold transformations of his own. These begin with the vigorous application of something called Silky Smooth Hair Relaxer ('with the Built-in Sweat-proof Base'), thus bringing to life the eponymous 'wig': a lustrously silken hairdo that so boosts his self-esteem (I hadnt felt so good since discovering last year that I actually disliked watermelon) that he believes nothing less than the American Dream…

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    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1966). Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel, a surreal look at 1960s New York as shown in the story of Lester Jefferson, "a rambunctiously outgoing and terminally callow variation on Wrights urban-loner persona. Lester is determined to capitalize on the transformative potential of Lyndon Johnsons Great Society with some bold transformations of his own. These begin with the vigorous application of something called Silky Smooth Hair Relaxer ('with the Built-in Sweat-proof Base'), thus bringing to life the eponymous 'wig': a lustrously silken hairdo that so boosts his self-esteem (I hadnt felt so good since discovering last year that I actually disliked watermelon) that he believes nothing less than the American Dream is within reach." (Gene Seymour) A book which anticipated the work of Fran Ross, Paul Beatty, Darius James, and Ishmael Reed (who calls this novel a landmark in African American fiction.) 179 pp. Dust jacket by Milton Glaser.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79584
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