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Sayles, John. JOHN SAYLES: LOS GUSANOS ("JOHN SAYLES: THE WORMS") . New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 473 pages. Fine/Fine.

The filmmaker/author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary cult classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents John Sayles' moving narrative of Cuba and Cuba in America: "Brilliantly structured, offering a wide panorama of time and place, of political events and personal emotion, filled with passion, violence, sex, and history, a rare combination of literary fiction and visceral storytelling" (Publisher's blurb). Fidel Castro called the Cubans who fled to the United States "gusanos" ("worms") hence the title. John Sayles enjoys a devoted cult following as one of the pioneering independent ("indie") American filmmakers. He has written and directed at least two cinematic masterpieces, "The Return of the Secaucus 7" and "Matewan", and several near-great to great films such as "Lone Star", "Passion Fish", "Eight Men Out", and "The Secret of Roan Inish", a body of work that is one of the most important and influential in our time. Less well-known is the fact that when called-for, he has also written the commercially successful blockbuster: His "Night Skies" was the basis for "E. T. , The Extraterrestrial" (Steven Spielberg's best film); he wrote the screenplays for such pop culture touchstones as "Jurassic Park" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles", and directed Bruce Springsteen's music videos. "Los Gusanos" deserves the wider recognition he has received as a film master. Beautifully written, it is a "must-have" title for John Sayles and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by John Sayles. It is signed directly on the page, not a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time. 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. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest living American filmmaker/writers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0060166533. $150.00

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