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Sontag, Susan. THE VOLCANO LOVER: A ROMANCE. Franklin Center, PA: Franklin Library/The Signed First Edition Society, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 419 pages. As New. Signed.

The author's third novel. Now regarded as a late-modern classic. Limited Edition, as stated. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. One of the finest titles in the Signed First Edition Society Series. A dazzling production by Franklin Mint: Deep blue leather boards with gilt design of an exploding volcano on the cover and gilt titles on the spine, as issued. Text by Susan Sontag. "Special Message" Essay Introduction by the author appeared in this Limited Edition only. Gilt titles on the cover and spine. Gilt paper edges. Marbled endpapers. Bound-in satin ribbon marker. Printed on pristine-white archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Susan Sontag's third and finest novel. The name Susan Sontag is virtually synonymous with "intellectual par excellence". Sontag's resulting predicament as a writer is that her fiction has never been taken as seriously as her essays. "The Volcano Lover" changed all that. Patricia Highsmith, one of the greatest modernist and thriller-genre writers of the 20th century, called it the best novel she read by an American writer of the 1990's. "Sontag relates to the world in order to live in it, or perhaps better still, to allow it to live itself" (Dictionary of Literary Biography). "You have to know when to let the old life go, and go on and not look back and have regrets. Otherwise you will always be sad, because you are always losing something. That's the way life is if you let misfortunes strike you too hard, you won't see the new chance coming" (Susan Sontag). Sontag died on December 28, 2004 at the relatively young age of 71, her work unfinished, a one-of-a-kind writer who is a heartbreaking, irreplaceable loss to contemporary life and literature. One of the ironies about her career is that despite her fame, readers and collectors never fully appreciated the magnitude of her achievement, that she is a writer's writer, and that she will endure long after currently fashionable and hopelessly provincial American writers are forgotten. Susan Sontag's finest novel. A "must-have" edition for Susan Sontag completists. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue fountain pen on the Front Limited-Edition Statement Page by Susan Sontag. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time even though it was a surprise bestseller and went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977 for "On Photography", the National Book Award in 2000 for "In America", and the Jerusalem Prize in 2001. Shimon Peres, in awarding the Jerusalem Prize, described Sontag as "one of the world's finest writers and greatest minds". One of the most influential and important American writer-intellectuals of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SUSAN SONTAG TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374285160. $200.00

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