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Aciman, Andre. FALSE PAPERS: ESSAYS ON EXILE AND MEMORY. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 182 pages. As New/As New.

The author's debut collection of essays. One of the best books on its subject ever written. 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. The DJ is dazzling, utilizing a lovely reproduction of Andre Kertesz's famous photograph, "Martinique, January 1, 1972". Presents Andre Aciman's now-classic reminiscences and reflections on the poignant and problematic experience of exile. "Ponders the nature of memory in a series of linked essays in which he remembers the past and revisits former haunts. What he's after is not so much the contrast between today's Alexandria and that of his boyhood, when he was a member of a rapidly dwindling Jewish population in the 1960's, or affirmation of his memories of his family's exile in Rome and Paris, but rather a dissection of nostalgia. Happily, this potentially abstract interpretation of the nexus between feeling and experience, place and identity, takes the form of piquant and confidently ambiguous travel stories. Along the way, Aciman muses on his love of the sea, his mixed emotions upon finding his grandfather's long-unvisited grave, the mnemonic allure of an abandoned New York subway station, and his amazement at the ambient hostility in Bethlehem, where, as in so many contested lands, 'memory, like spite, is bottomless' " (Diana Seaman). Often compared to no less than Marcel Proust, this is an absolute "must-have" title for Andre Aciman collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Andre Aciman. He underlined his signature for emphasis. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374299781. $100.00

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