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Pron, Patricio (Translated by Mara Faye Lethem). MY FATHERS' GHOST IS CLIMBING IN THE RAIN. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 220 pages. As New/As New.

The author's first novel to be translated into English. One of the most significant literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition, which is a softcover original only. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents the Argentine-born and Spain-based Patricio Pron's "El espiritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia" in a felicitous English translation. "A young writer with memory loss returns home to Argentina to say good-bye to his dying father, a journalist. In reviewing the father's files, the son uncovers the older man's obsession with the disappearance and murder of a local man whose sister was 'disappeared' by the infamous Argentine military dictatorship in the brutal 1970's. In piecing together the mystery, the son-narrator learns that his parents led secret lives as leaders of an underground Peronist resistance movement. A melancholy and chilling work, examining family, memory, and what collective fear does to a society. Pron brilliantly draws a line from individual crime, which interests few, to the epidemic of social crime, which transforms generations" (Jonathan Schwartz). There are, by now, whole shelves of books on Argentina's Dirty War. Patricio Pron was a baby when the events in his book took place. His novel is thus a work of vicarious yet authentic remembrance, not of memory, as he could not possibly have any (hence the "memory loss" of his writer-protagonist and the title's evocation of "fathers", that is, elders, rather than just one father/parent), a work of re-imagination, and a work of art. An absolute "must-have" title for Patricio Pron and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (very shortly after publication), and placed in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Patricio Pron NYC, 22.IX.2013". Pron's whirlwind of a signature is dazzlingly and inimitably his own. One of its "headline" star/writers, he made a one-time-only appearance at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2013 to launch the book. Laid-in are pristine copies of the Souvenir Program and Bookmark of the Festival, during which his signature was obtained. Pron's debut in English, this title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated 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 rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant new voices in world literature. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO ANTONIO MUNOZ MOLINA AND JUAN GABRIEL VASQUEZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0307700682. $150.00

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