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Smith, Zadie (Editor); Flint, James; Thorne, Matt; Litt, Toby; Ray, Rebecca & King, Daren . PIECE OF FLESH. London, England: Institute Of Contemporary Arts, 2001. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New.

Collection of graphically erotic short stories. Now considered a contemporary cult classic. The first and only edition. Limited Edition of 2500 copies. Published with funds provided by the British Government's Arts Council as a softcover original only. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by the Institute of Contemporary Arts: Small-size volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Introduction by Zadie Smith. Contributions by five writers. Printed on archival stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents pornographic short stories by some of the most brilliant living British writers. Edited with an Introductory Essay by Zadie Smith, the project is the result of her stint as writer-in-residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London. Smith has since held various prestigious residencies in the United States (including the University of Chicago and Harvard). She can rest assured that the book would never have been published here with public funds. The contributors are James Flint, Daren King, Toby Litt, Rebecca Ray, and Matt Thorne. The so-called "bawdy" tale has a long and great literary history, with Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" and James Joyce's "Ulysses", both of which are explicit in the extreme, being perhaps the most celebrated masterpieces. Nicholson Baker's oeuvre is unapologetically pornographic (published with private funds); his most recent novel, "House of Holes" (2011), a national bestseller, has been hailed as "Chaucerian" by its admirers. As Baker points out (and contrary to what most people think), original, imaginative eroticism is much harder to create than one would think precisely because predictable, genre-formulaic pornography is now so pervasive. Here are five delicious bits from daring, lascivious Brits. An absolute "must-have" title for Zadie Smith and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in pen on the title page by Zadie Smith, Matt Thorne, and James Flint. Flint also drew a penis above his signature. This title sold out upon publication and is now highly collectible. This is the only such multi-signed copy available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Six of the most brilliant writers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ZADIE SMITH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1900300303. $150.00

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