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Cortazar, Julio (Translated by Gregory Rabassa) . 62: A MODEL KIT. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 1972. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 281 pages. Fine/Fine. Three tiny closed tears on back of DJ.

The author's fifth work of fiction to be translated into English. One of Julio Cortazar's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now very scarce. The title comes from a characteristic Cortazar conceit: The novel is inspired by and derived from Chapter 62 of Cortazar's greatest novel, "Hopscotch". Presents one of Julio Cortazar's masterpieces. "Here again is the Cortazar world, a special place of fantasy, comedy, cities, snatches of conversations, and brief encounters; of characters' lives which begin at any moment and end in intense, brilliant encounters with others on a train, in poignant love-making, or at a restaurant. The construction of this world is so free and open, without the usual restraints of traditional novelistic order as to take the reader on a daring and exciting new experience of life itself, where Fate is waiting to close the games" (Publisher's blurb). Using some of the most innovative Modernist literary techniques, Cortazar pioneered what many other writers, including John Updike and Philip Roth, have since explored with great success. His oeuvre is marked by a unique blend of profound existential dread and mastery of form that remains unsurpassed among the Latin-American writers who became world-famous at the height of the "boom". Still, Cortazar had little in common with a writer like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and was the cosmopolitan writer par excellence, like Jorge Luis Borges, with whom he apprenticed in Buenos Aires before moving permanently to Paris. A "must-have" title for Julio Cortazar collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and despite its imperfection (tiny closed tears on DJ) is still in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright. The DJ colors, in particular, are the brightest we have ever seen. Most copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0394468228. $70.00

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