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Magris, Claudio (Translated by Anne Milano Appel). BLINDLY. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 390 pages. As New.

The author's novel. One of Claudio Magris' finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only and as part of The Margellos World Republic of Letters by a University Press. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Claudio Magris' "Alla cieca" in a felicitous English translation. "Who is the mysterious narrator of 'Blindly'? Clearly a recluse and a fugitive, but what more of him can we discern? Baffled by the events of his own life, he muses, 'When I write, and even now when I think back on it, I hear a kind of buzzing, blathered words that I can barely understand, gnats droning around a table lamp, that I have to continually swat away with my hand so as not to lose the thread'. Claudio Magris, one of Europe's leading authors and cultural philosophers, offers as narrator of 'Blindly' a madman. Yes, but a pazzo lucido, a lucid madman, a single narrative voice populated by various characters: He is Jorgen Jorgenson, the nineteenth-century adventurer who became King of Iceland but was condemned to forced labor in the Antipodes. He is also Comrade Cippico, a Communist militant, imprisoned for years in Tito's gulag on the island Goli Otok. And he is the many partisans, prisoners, sailors, and stowaways who have encountered the perils of travel, war, and adventure. In a shifting choral monologue - part confession, part psychiatric session - a man remembers (invents, falsifies, hides, screams out) his life, a voyage into the nether regions of history, and in particular the twentieth century" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Claudio Magris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Claudio Magris. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Magris made a rare appearance at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2013 during which his signature was obtained. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Program and his essay on "Blindly". This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living European writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CLAUDIO MAGRIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0300185367. $70.00

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