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Hemon, Aleksandar. THE BOOK OF MY LIVES. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 215 pages. As New/As New.

The author's debut collection of essays. 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. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original which sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Aleksandar Hemon's brilliant and moving personal essays. The biggest casualty of the Internet has been literature. The essay form, not being as central as the novel to begin with, has been hijacked by online experts and critics, who arrived at their exalted positions overnight. When you go online, you will find literally millions of blogs and comment-threads from "writers" who all think they have something worthwhile to say. The greatest failure of the Internet is that it is (irreversibly) dominated not by great narratives but by knowing commentary, 99.9% of it worthless, mainly because it is not clear what the Grand Narrative, on which all commentary depends, is. Hemon captures the dilemma of the Internet Generation (which actually includes most of us) in one scathing observation: "Inoculated against speechlessness, they [that is, we] have no access to the unspeakable". "The greatest writer of our generation. His literature is deep, agile, funny, graceful, searing, angry, raw, questioning" (Colum McCann). An absolute "must-have" title for Aleksandar Hemon collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (very shortly after publication) in metallic silver pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Aleksandar Hemon 3/29/2013 NYC". This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Nowhere Man". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2004. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2008 for "The Lazarus Project". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEKSANDAR HEMON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374115737. $80.00

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