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O'Neill, Joseph. NETHERLAND: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 262 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough third 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. The first print run was exceedingly small, sold out within weeks, and is now very difficult to find. The novel is exquisitely written from first lapidary sentence to last, no question about that. But very large claims have been made for it by the few credible critical voices left in contemporary literature. James Wood, the preeminent, "almost-always-right" critic of his generation, devoted a full essay to it (instead of the standard review) in The New Yorker Magazine, comparing it to both "The Great Gatsby" and "A House For Mr. Biswas": "Has an ideological intricacy, a deep human wisdom, and prose grand enough to dare the comparison. O'Neill has Naipaul's genius for creating unforced ideological connections. And he knows perfectly well that when, on the last pages of his novel, he writes about a memory of Manhattan's skyline and the 'extraordinary promise in what we saw', he is hovering, like some novelistic Google Earther, over the sentence grids and prose plateaus of the last page of 'The Great Gatsby' " (James Wood). A "must-have" title for Joseph O'Neill and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Joseph O'Neill. He also crossed out his printed name. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. There are fewer signed copies of the American Edition whereas O'Neill signed quite a number of copies of the British at the Hay Festival. Despite very limited promotion from his publisher, the book's success in the United States has been phenomenal. With bookstore copies in nth printings two months after its June 1, 2008 release, the book clearly sells itself and keep going up in collectible value. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2008 for "Netherland". One of the most brilliant living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0307377040. $150.00

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