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Tuck, Lily. THE NEWS FROM PARAGUAY: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 250 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth novel. Now widely considered a contemporary classic. 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 Lily Tuck's finest novel thus far. "Told largely through Ella Lynch, a blond, fair-skinned Irishwoman who, while a courtesan in Paris, met Francisco Solano Lopez, the son of Paraguay's dictator. She became his mistress and after Lopez (known as Franco) succeeded his father, she was the most powerful woman in the country. As an Irishwoman in Paraguay, Tuck's Ella is an outsider. But so, in a way, is Franco, a megalomaniac who builds a theatre modelled on La Scala and wages a disastrous war against Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Paraguay's malarial swamps and faux-European high society are the perfect setting for Tuck's dark wit, and her novel is quickened by such details as Ella's pink marble palace and her son's 'necklace', made from the ears of enemy soldiers on a rawhide string" (The New Yorker Magazine). A literary "unputdownable" if there ever was one, this is a "must-have" title for Lily Tuck collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Lily Tuck. She also crossed out her printed name. Tuck participated in the "Writers On Writers" 2011 project, during which this signature was obtained. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Announcement Leaflet. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award for "The News From Paraguay" in 2004. One of the finest living American novelists. A fine copy. . ISBN 0066209447. $50.00

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