Rosca, Ninotchka. THE MONSOON COLLECTION. St. Lucia: University Of Queensland Press, 1983. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 140 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second collection of short stories. One of the finest short story collections of Asian-American literature. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run by a University Press as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Ninotchka Rosca's "The Monsoon Collection", published thirteen years after her ground-breaking debut, "Bitter Country And Other Stories" (1970). "A very fine collection. An example of art as the insuperable will to turn violence into grace" (The New York Times). A novelist as well as an essayist, Rosca's achievement as a short-story writer is on the same level as her two iconic novels and nonfiction. Her stories are not just about epiphanies but are themselves epiphanies. "Sometimes, it takes one ordinary incident to reveal the nature of a man's life" (Ninotchka Rosca). An absolute "must-have" title for Ninotchka Rosca collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Ninotchka Rosca - tales from a faraway land. Fall, 1983 N. Y. City". This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed 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. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NINOTCHKA ROSCA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 070221731X. $80.00

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