Peck, Dale. FUCKING MARTIN. London, England: Chatto & Windus, 1993. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century, it is now considered a contemporary classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Dale Peck's still-controversial first novel, still his best book. Published when he was twenty-five years old, the British Edition retains the original title, which was considered completely unacceptable at the time (keep in mind that this was the end of the 20th century) by his American publisher. Just as the great British novelist Hanif Kureishi's and film director Stephen Frears' "Samie And Rosie Get Laid" (1988) could not find an American distributor until the title was changed to "Samie And Rosie", Dale Peck's astonishing debut could not otherwise be published. Peck's brilliant conceit is the juxtaposition of Art-Imitates-Life ("representation") with Life-Imitates-Art ("artifice"), which are inversions of each other rather than "reality" itself. John, a male prostitute, embarks on a torrid and loving romance with Martin in the first part of the novel. He then writes stories based upon their short-lived life together (cut short by Martin's death from AIDS) in the second part. "A new talent with vast ambitions and a voice like an angel chewing on rope and glass" (Michael Cunningham). "The somber lyricism, the fresh conception of form, the profoundly human grasp of character all suggest this touchingly young writer will have a great future" (Edmund White). An absolute "must-have" title for Dale Peck and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black pen on the title page by the author: "Dale Peck 3/6/01". Peck's signature is one of the most elaborate we have ever seen. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant new voices of American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0701156732. $100.00

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