Mukherjee, Neel. THE LIVES OF OTHERS. London, England: Chatto & Windus, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 515 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough second novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 Neel Mukherjee's "The Lives of Others". "A powerful, epic story of a family and a nation. Poisonous rivalries between sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business threaten to unravel bonds of kinship as social unrest brews in greater Indian society. This is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: The chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider. Anatomizes the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history, at the same time as it questions the nature of political action and the limits of empathy" (Publisher's blurb). Why is Neel Mukherjee's massive novel so important, coming from a very young writer? It is said that the great themes of the novel are love and war. That may be so, except that they make the novel form sound abstract and overwhelming. The power of the greatest novels (rather than just good or even near-great novels) lies in their depiction of personal and national lives, the one mirroring, and impacting, the other. Even if very few people still read today, and ardent readers are now a distinct minority, the fact remains that all of us, readers and non-readers alike, still understand ourselves and each other narratively, through stories. For all its relentless ideological emphasis on science, technology, and other cognitive frameworks (such as psychology, sociology, and neuroscience), none of which has managed to supersede imaginative creation, modern culture remains (like ancient culture) a storytelling culture. An absolute "must-have" title for Neel Mukherjee collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (one month before the Booker Prize) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Neel Mukherjee 14.IX. 2014. London". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few signed, placed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note that this British Edition significantly precedes the American. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist for the Booker Prize in 2014 for "The Lives of Others". One of the most brilliant living novelists. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0393247902. $150.00

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