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Kalfus, Ken. THIRST: FICTION BY KEN KALFUS. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 205 pages. Fine.

The author's debut collection of short stories. Now considered a contemporary cult classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a fine press. The edition is now scarce. It is in pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine. The back features blurbs by David Foster Wallace, Stuart Dybek, and Robey Wilson. Printed on thick archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents short stories "to give to people who piss and moan about the unpromising future of American fiction. Ken Kalfus is an important writer in every sense of 'important'. There are hip, funny writers, and there are smart, technically innovative writers, and there are wise, moving, and profound writers. Kalfus is all of these at once, and the stories in 'Thirst' manage simultaneously to delight, impress, provoke, and redeem" (David Foster Wallace). A brilliant debut, a promise fulfilled and a prodigious achievement sustained in Kalfus' three other books. A "must-have" title for Ken Kalfus collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ken Kalfus. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for The National Book Award in 2006 for "A Disorder Peculiar To The Country". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KEN KALFUS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1571310185. $70.00

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