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Calvino, Italo (Translated by William Weaver). UNDER THE JAGUAR SUN. New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 86 pages. Fine/Fine.

Collection of short stories. One of the greatest literary texts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. 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 three short stories on the sense of taste, hearing, and smell: "Under The Jaguar Sun", "The King Listens", and "The Name, The Nose". Calvino had planned to devote a story to each of the senses but died before he could write the remaining two (on sight and touch). This makes it sound like his collection is unfinished in the wrong way: While each of the stories is focussed on one particular sense, Calvino's achievement lies in the fact that he evokes all of the other senses as well with each story. "The senses, promising the fulfillment of desire and an exit from the self, only lead back to their source: The savoring palate, the listening ear, the smelling nose" (Publisher's blurb). Italo Calvino's understanding of the sensuous aspect of life is so profound that it inspired the great physician/writer, F. Gonzalez-Crussi, to write one of the finest books on the subject, "The Five Senses", which he dedicated to Calvino. The Italian Master was first introduced to the Anglo-American world by Gore Vidal, who wrote that "Calvino does what very few writers can do: He describes imaginary worlds with the most extraordinary precision and beauty". "Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us" (John Updike). An absolute "must-have" title for Italo Calvino collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and despite the printing flaw (publisher's ink-stain on pages 21 and 22) is in otherwise especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many copies available online have major flaws. A scarce copy thus. The greatest Italian writer of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ITALO CALVINO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0151928207. $50.00

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