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Giordano, Paolo (Translated by Shaun Whiteside). THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS. London, England: Doubleday, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 350 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the decade. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the American Edition, which was published a year later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original. The Softcover Edition, which had a huge print run, was published simultaneously with the Hardcover Edition. Presents the physicist Paolo Giordano's first novel, published when he was 27 years old, whose global success is astonishing because it is a thoughtful, subtle, and unflinching meditation on human pain, not the most resonant subject for most readers. "Follows two scarred people whose lives intersect but cannot seem to join. Alice and Mattia, both survivors of childhood traumas, are the odd-ones-out amid the adolescents in their high school. Mattia never recovered from the loss of his sister while Alice still suffers the effects of a skiing accident that damaged her physically and stunted her ability to trust anyone. Now teenagers, Mattia, also addicted to self-injury, has withdrawn into the world of numbers, and Alice gains control by starving herself. When they meet, they recognize something primal in each other, but timing and awkwardness keep their friendship on tenuous ground until years later, their lives come together one last time. Giordano uses Mattia and Alice's trajectory to ask whether there are some people, the prime numbers among us, who are destined to be alone, or whether two primes can come together" (Annie Bostrom). A withdrawn loner who hurts himself and a suicidal anorectic who is wary of other people are hardly the kinds of characters most people can identify with (rightly so). Giordano did not go to any MFA school of writing and instead, is working on his doctorate in Particle Physics. Yet he has pulled off every writer's wildest dream: His novel has been translated into 30 languages and sold millions of copies because he has somehow found a way to make us care about Mattia and Alice. A "must-have" title for Paolo Giordano collectors. This title is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (in the month and year of publication), placed, and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Hay, 30/05/09 'Alice Della Rocca hated ski school'. Paolo Giordano". The inscription is the very first line of the novel. The prestigious Hay Festival of Literature and The Arts is held every year in late May/early June. This title is now very highly collectible. This is the only (and the most beautiful) such signed copy of the First English-language Edition we have ever found, is available online, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. Winner of the Premio Strega, the most important literary prize in Italy, for "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" in 2008. Paolo Giordano is the youngest winner ever in the Prize's history. One of the most brilliant new voices in contemporary literature. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385616244. $500.00

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