Fuentes, Carlos (Translated by Alfred MacAdam). THE CAMPAIGN. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 246 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's twelfth novel. Now widely regarded as one of Carlos Fuentes' 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents one of Carlos Fuentes' most beautifully written romance-novels, the first in his Series on "The Romantic Time" in Latin-American history. "After the Napoleonic invasion of Spain, the Hispanic colonies of the New World are thrown into turmoil. Fuentes' hero, Baltasar Bustos, idealistic son of an Argentine rancher who is seduced by the ideas of the French writer Rousseau and sickened by the racial inequality around him, becomes a guerrilla fighter in various Latin-American rebellions. In an extravagant gesture, he kidnaps the new-born child of Ofelia Salamanca, wife of the presiding judge of the Argentine vice-royalty in Buenos Aires, and substitutes a black child in its place. That night a fire sweeps through Ofelia's apartment, killing the black infant. Fuentes' skill in fleshing out imaginary and real characters yields lively and entertaining reading" (Publisher's blurb). Readers who have read Fuentes in the original claim that his mastery of the Spanish language is next to none among Latin-American writers in its lucidity, elegance, and beauty. He is highly regarded not just for his exquisite mastery of a very complex language but also for his restless imagination and genuine wisdom. A "must-have" title for Carlos Fuentes collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Carlos Fuentes. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program. This title is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online have serious flaws and have no collectible value. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize in 1987, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government. One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CARLOS FUENTES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374118280. $60.00

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