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Englander, Nathan. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 215 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second collection of short stories. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Nathan Englander's eight new short stories that grapple with the great questions of modern life "with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction". The eponymous story, a nod to Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", is a "provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game" (Publisher's blurb). The blurbs by two great living American writers sum up Englander's achievement and for that matter, what all great narrative ought to be: "Nathan Englander writes the stories I am always hoping for, searching for. These are stories that transport you into other lives, other dreams. Deft, engrossing, deeply satisfying" (Geraldine Brooks). "Manages to make his seemingly obsessive, insular concerns all the more universal for their specificity. It's this neat trick that makes the stories in his new collection so utterly haunting" (Richard Russo). An absolute "must-have" title for Nathan Englander collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (the day after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Nathan Englander 8.2.12". Englander launched the book in New York City. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Announcement Leaflet. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and like Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", will become a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century". One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NATHAN ENGLANDER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0307958701. $70.00

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