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McEwan, Ian. AMSTERDAM. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 193 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's seventh novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Ian McEwan's "compressed" novel, flawlessly written, not a single word wasted, not a single note wrong, a work of writerly virtuosity even by McEwan's lapidary standards. "Amsterdam" takes place in the claustrophobic world of ruling-class London, except for the final chapter, which happens, if that is the right word, in the eponymous city, one of the most movingly evocative endings in late-20th century British literature. It is the "set-piece" counterpoint to McEwan's equally dazzling opening chapter in "Enduring Love". In both instances, the novel's characters, themes, aura of anguish and terror, and true meaning are woven together seamlessly in prose of breathtaking descriptive power. McEwan is often presented with his contemporaries, Julian Barnes and Martin Amis, as comprising the United Kingdom's reigning trio of best living "native" writers (the others being bunched together as exceptional "immigrant" overachievers). For the crystalline purity and sheer beauty of his style as well as the unmistakable, pitch-perfect "sound" of his writing voice, McEwan is in a class of his own. "McEwan is one of the finest literary storytellers alive. He implants in the memory a living, flaming presence" (The New Republic). A "must-have" title for Ian McEwan completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ian McEwan. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for "First Love, Last Rites". Winner of the Booker Prize in 1998 for "Amsterdam". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Atonement". One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IAN MCEWAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385494238. $150.00

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