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Le Clezio, J. M. G. (Translated by Daphne Woodward). THE INTERROGATION. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 243 pages. As New/As New.

New Reissued Edition of the author's breakthrough debut novel. Now considered a late-modern classic, it was one of the most sensational literary debuts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in this "Nobel Prize Award" Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. The DJ design is brilliant: On the cover, it shows the handsome, 23-year-old J. M. G. Le Clezio, as photographed by the late Helmut Newton. On the back, Le Clezio is shown in 2008, still-handsome at 68, as photographed by Catherine Helie. Presents J. M. G. Le Clezio's highly experimental first novel, often called the "French Catcher In the Rye". "Has told his story without a single recourse to philosophical, moral or metaphysical jargon. His tone has a tranquillity which conveys all the ultimate sense of the profound meaning of life, a tone for poets" (L'Express). Le Clezio won the Prix Renaudot for his novel, then decided that the French literary scene was not for him, promptly spent most of his adult life abroad, and went on to write more than forty books. One of them is available in translation, and is particularly significant for the author himself, "Mexican Dream, Or The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations" (1993). To write the novel, Le Clezio studied (and translated into French) the ancient Mayan texts. In other words, he went from being a literary sensation to a serious student of speech as the true basis of literature. Producing a very large body of work in the process is another genuine achievement for a prodigy. Most prodigies, particularly literary ones, burn out very quickly and stop writing altogether. Le Clezio never stopped writing, but because he is a ferocious critic of the European (that is, American-colonial) destruction of the Native American languages and histories, he has been a marginal figure throughout his long literary life. "A conjurer who tried to lift words above the degenerate state of everyday speech and to restore them the power to invoke an essential reality" (Nobel Prize Citation). Here is his astonishing debut, a "must-have" title for J. M. G. Le Clezio and Modern First collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition Thus still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. The 1964 First English-language Edition commands about $2500 even though none of the few available copies is in fine condition. This is a very accessible and attractive alternative. A very scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 1439149186. $50.00

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