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Nadas, Peter (Translated by Ivan Sanders). A BOOK OF MEMORIES. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 706 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough second novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A massive novel that has been compared to Marcel Proust's masterpiece, "In Search of Lost Time", and championed by such critics as Susan Sontag, who arranged to have the novel translated into English and personally brought the author to the United States for the first time. "A novel within a novel. The outer shell of this ambitious tale concerns a nameless Hungarian writer and his menage a trois with an aging actress and a younger man in East Germany. While the contemporary writer's own story unfolds, he is busily at work on an historical novel about a German novelist named Thomas Thoenissen. As if a novel about a novelist writing about a novelist wasn't confusing enough, the two fictional writers have a great deal in common, including an unnatural affection for their mothers and a predilection for bisexual triangles. Moving in time between the old Stalinist era and post-communist Eastern Europe, Peter Nadas convincingly conveys the effects of Communism, both as it happened and as it collapsed. In his unnamed narrator, he creates a perfect conduit between two times; the narrator grew up in a privileged Communist family, the son of the state prosecutor in a Stalinist regime. In chronicling the boy's passage from child to man, Nadas paints a vivid portrait of the secrecy, fear, and tension in a society in which the personal and the political are often one and the same" (Publisher's blurb). "The greatest novel written in our time, and one of the great books of the century" (Susan Sontag). A "must-have" title for Peter Nadas collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time. This is one of few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Almost all other copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER NADAS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374115435. $100.00

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