Image of THE VAGRANTS: A NOVEL
(Click for larger image)


Li, Yiyun. THE VAGRANTS: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Random House, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 345 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut novel. One of the finest American novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 Yiyun Li's first novel. "During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, countless unspeakable acts went down in the otherwise unremarkable industrial town of Muddy River. Lovers betrayed lovers, children denounced their parents, and neighbors became sworn enemies. A few years later, the townspeople have convened at the public stadium to witness the execution of Gu Shan. A Red Guard leader in her youth, she has received the death penalty for her counter-revolutionary writings and unrepentant attitude. We are introduced to Gu's parents, neighbors, and a handful of Muddy River's social outcasts whose lives have been irrevocably affected by her life and death. Yiyun Li's unblinking and unpredictable fictional narrative demonstrates how corruption and cruelty, fear, and moral ambiguity at the level of the individual reflect the dehumanization of an entire society. Establishes Li as an important new voice in American fiction" (Lauren Nemroff). Yiyun Li's subject, "weight", is the largest one in literature: The weight of Time, History, Place, and Fate. An absolute "must-have" title for Yiyun Li and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Yiyun Li. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Yiyun Li was selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. One of the most brilliant living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER YIYUN LI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1400063132. $80.00

This item is available for purchase. This web page was most recently updated on March 01, 2017.