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Toibin, Colm. THE SOUTH: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Viking Press, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 238 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the greatest literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in hardcover and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original (the First British Edition was a softcover original only). The edition is now rare. Presents Colm Toibin's sensational debut. The title refers to Spain, which Northern Irish like the celebrated journalist Colm Toibin refer to as The South. "A strong and moving work about the hard truths of changing one's life. Colm Toibin, like his characters, never says too much and never lets us grow too uncomfortable. A grand achievement" (Don DeLillo). Very few journalists, especially very successful ones as the young Toibin was, make the transition from journalism to literature. There is a long list of genre writers ("journalist-turned-thriller writer" is an honorable career change) but only a handful of "journalist-turned-literary artist". Colm Toibin is one of these blessed few, and we have been blessed with his prose for more than twenty years now. A "must-have" edition for Colm Toibin completists. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen in the title page by Colm Toibin. This title is now very highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover/American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Copies of the First Softcover/British Edition available online command more than $1000. A very rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670838705. $600.00

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