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Munves, James. ANDES RISING. New York City, NY: New Directions, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 189 pages. As New/As New.

The author's debut novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. Primarily known and established as a journalist and nonfiction writer, James Munves has published sublime short stories and longer fiction pieces, mainly for The New Yorker Magazine. His slim and powerful novel is a mystical journey, effortlessly, convincingly, and grippingly written. It is about the ultimate theme of all great literature: One man's search for the meaning of life, and the potentially extreme and fatal consequences of this search. The passages in the novel where Munves describes the protagonist's final ascent and disappearance are lucid yet inscrutable, limpid yet finally unknowable. A "must-have" title for James Munves colelctors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest American writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0811214079. $20.00

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