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Vargas Llosa, Mario (Author) & Edith Grossman (Translator). THE BAD GIRL. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 276 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifteenth novel. One of Mario Vargas Llosa's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Mario Vargas Llosa's "remake" of "Madame Bovary", the single most influential novel on the author's art. As such, it is one of several homages to Gustave Flaubert and his masterpiece, which includes "The Perpetual Orgy" (1986), "In Praise of The Stepmother" (1990), "The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto" (1998), and even "The Feast of The Goat" (2001). "The Bad Girl" also bears a striking resemblance to Luis Bunuel's great last film, "That Obscure Object of Desire" (1977). Like Flaubert and Bunuel, Mario Vargas Llosa is a stylist, a critic of power, and a sensualist; for all three artists, erotic and romantic desire is the Good Side of the bad side of life called power. The protagonist's idealizing obsession - what Ricardo is willing to do and to sacrifice in order to attain his elusive object of desire - is incarnated in various femme fatales and played out against the tragic backdrop of History. "Bold, dynamic, and endlessly productive imagination. The canvases of these lives light up with the glow of his passion" (San Francisco Chronicle). Mario Vargas Llosa is the writer/intellectual/philosopher par excellence among the Latin-American geniuses of the so-called Boom: He refuses to be categorized, labeled, and reduced by ideology, whether it is Fascist conservatism, political correctness, or Leftist academicism, what he has condemned as "authoritarianism of the Left and the Right". He considers himself an heir to the great European cultural tradition yet his work is firmly grounded in Latin America's (not just his native Peru's) history and mythology. His aesthetics and literary practice - Vargas Llosa has embraced and appropriated every literary genre - prompted Roberto Bolano, his greatest successor, to consider him an inescapable influence, among a handful of others, on contemporary Latin-American literature. That is to say, to be a Latin-American writer is to become a Classical master of language and a Modernist artist, writing in language of the highest quality and reinventing literary form and convention at the same time. Literary genres are inventions of a particular culture's idea of imagination and storytelling, "templates" that Vargas Llosa transforms into "poetic tales" (in Harold Bloom's brilliant phrase). A "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Mario Vargas Llosa. It comes with a lovely copy of the Souvenir Program of Mario Vargas Llosa's rare public appearance in New York City in 2008, during which his signature was obtained. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by his great translator, Edith Grossman. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only such double-signed copy of the First American Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time even though he rarely does public signings. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government, in 1994. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize in 1995. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374182434. $400.00

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