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Handke, Peter (Translated by Kirshna Winston). CROSSING THE SIERRA DE GREDOS: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 472 pages. As New/As New.

The author's seventeenth book to be translated into English. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. One of Handke's most ambitious novels takes on familiar themes: The contrast and relation between worldly success and the authentic self, life as a journey (a Handke motif that runs throughout his entire oeuvre literally and metaphorically; his characters are great travellers), and the erosion of individual perception by mass media. His novel relates the story of a powerful banker, admired and hated as such, "the subject of countless profiles, a strangely opaque celebrity, yet notorious enough to be recognized, insulted, and threatened in airports all over the globe. Handke invests this 'queen of finance' with an extraordinary receptivity to images, which come to her in flashes of illumination and are the mysterious source of her worldly success. Handke's dismissal of modern media is hardly new, but the intensity of his repudiation is. The 'alternative images' this book offers, lovely epiphanies of the inner life, transcriptions of the shimmering, transcendent quality of an external world we fail to see, are striking contrasts to the vapid electronic fog that surrounds us. The novel issues a fervent call to look again, both inward and outward" (Guy Vanderhaeghe). His best book in years, this is a "must-have" title for Peter Handke collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the most important and influential living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER HANDKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374281548. $50.00

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