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Salzman, Mark. THE LAUGHING SUTRA. New York City, NY: Random House, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 263 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Mark Salzman's bestselling account of his adventures as an English teacher and martial arts student in China introduced a writer of enormous charm and keen insight into the cultural chasm between East and West. Now Salzman returns to China in his first novel, which follows the adventures of Hsun-ching, a naive but courageous orphan, and the formidable and mysterious Colonel Sun, who together travel from mainland China to San Francisco, risking everything to track down an elusive Buddhist scripture called The Laughing Sutra. Part Tom Sawyer, part Tom Jones, the novel draws us into an irresistible narrative of danger and comedy that speaks volumes about the nature of freedom and the meaning of loyalty" (Publisher's blurb). "A contemporary version of a classic tale. Salzman is a highly appealing writer" (Philadelphia Inquirer). A "must-have" title for Mark Salzman collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Mark Salzman. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most other copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for "Iron & Silk". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK SALZMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 039457009X. $100.00

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