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Hemon, Aleksandar (Editor); McCann, Colum; Grytten, Frode; Ciocan, Iulian & Other Contributors. BEST EUROPEAN FICTION 2011. Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2011. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 520 pages. As New.

Collection of outstanding contemporary European fiction. The Second Volume in the projected annual "Best European Fiction" Series. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. Edited with an Introduction by Aleksandar Hemon and a Preface by Colum McCann. Contributions by various authors. Printed on pristine-white archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Volume Two of the Best European Fiction. "With authors ranging from the familiar (Hilary Mantel) to the obscure (Macedonia's Blaze Minevski) to the internationally acclaimed but underappreciated in the United States (Spain's Enrique Vila-Matas; Hungary's Laszlo Krasznahorkai; Poland's Olga Tokarczuk), the Second Volume of this lauded series makes good on the first's promise. Zurab Lezhava's 'Sex for Fridge' is the madcap story of a Georgian woman who tries to trade her body for a discount on a run-down refrigerator. Iulian Ciocan's 'Auntie Frosea' takes as its depressing protagonist an impoverished Moldovan housewife whose only knowledge of the world outside her village comes from the beamed-in Brazilian soap opera she's addicted to. With stories from Montenegro, Cyprus, tiny Liechtenstein, Turkey, Estonia, and most of Western Europe, this edition packs both a stylistic punch and a satisfying range" (Publishers Weekly). "It is easy to appreciate what Hemon calls 'the depth and width and beauty of human experience' represented here" (The New York Times). An absolute "must-have" title for contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Aleksandar Hemon and Colum McCann. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on their Contributions by Frode Grytten and Iulian Ciocan. They made rare appearances at the 2011 PEN World Festival. Laid-in is a copy of the 60-page Souvenir Program. This title is an instant collectible. This is the only such multi-signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Some of the world's greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEKSANDAR HEMON AND COLUM MCCANN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1564786005. $80.00

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