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Aciman, Andre. ALIBIS: ESSAYS ON ELSEWHERE. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second collection of essays. One of the finest literary collections 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 only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andre Aciman's sequel-of-sorts to "False Papers" (2000), personal reflections in the form of "a luminous series of linked essays about time, place, identity, and art that show him at his very finest" (Publisher's blurb). "Many of these essays begin with a city - New York, Barcelona, Rome - before spiraling into images and ideas that connect with other places and times in Aciman's own well-travelled history. Born in Egypt, raised in a French-speaking Jewish family, his complex identity confronts him with a fundamental distortion that he can make sense of only by the transformative power of art. In a brilliant piece called 'Temporizing', Aciman examines his own propensity for filtering all experiences through the Egypt in his mind. Writing thus becomes 'an interminable restoration project whose purpose is to prevent all contact with the present'. Aciman is the perfect guide through the mysteries of time and place" (The Boston Globe). Often compared to no less than Marcel Proust, this is a "must-have" title for Andre Aciman collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in blue ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Andre Aciman NYC April 20, 2013". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. 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 rare signed copy thus. Andre Aciman's "Call Me By Your Name" is regarded as a classic by Colm Toibin. One of the finest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374102759. $100.00

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