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McEwan, Ian. BLACK DOGS. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 149 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fifth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title 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 one of Ian McEwan's finest achievements. "The narrator of McEwan's novel is fascinated with other people's parents, particularly his remarkable in-laws, indissolubly linked yet estranged and combative. A man of reason, Bernard Tremaine cannot understand why his wife, June, rejected political activism for spiritual quest after an encounter with evil in the form of two fierce black dogs. McEwan does not so much tell their story as the story of the son-in-law's efforts to understand them better by writing about them. Though Bernard and June represent diametrically opposed ways of looking at the world (two views beautifully and succinctly captured by McEwan), they are not mere vessels of thought but lively, distinctive characters in their own right. As the narrator returns to the French countryside where June fatefully encountered the dogs, the deceptively simple buildup makes her brush with violence all the more shocking. A novel of ideas with the hard edge of a thriller" (Barbara Hoffert). The encounter with the dogs, a characteristic McEwan set piece, is described in chilling detail, and recalls Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of The Baskervilles". If you have ever had a terrifying, life-changing encounter with "man's best friend", this novel's for you. A "must-have" title for Ian McEwan collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Ian McEwan. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies online are. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the landmark event, "Martin Amis and Ian McEwan Introduced by Salman Rushdie", a rare public appearance by the so-called triumvirate of contemporary British literature, during which McEwan's signature was obtained. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 and the Booker Prize in 1998 for "Amsterdam". Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Atonement". One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IAN MCEWAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 022403572X. $70.00

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