Rosca, Ninotchka. STATE OF WAR. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 382 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. Ninotchka Rosca's masterpiece. 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 Ninotchka Rosca's "State of War". "A Kafkaesque brilliance, an intensity that makes this first novel a powerful piece of literature" (Publishers Weekly). The novel is a Modernist, modern-day re-telling of "El Filibusterismo" ("The Propagandist", originally written in Spanish and translated into more than fifty languages), which is available in Penguin Classics and is considered to be one of two great novels written by Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero. The latter embraced the European ideas of nationalism and the independent nation/state during his self-imposed exile. At the behest of the omnipotent Roman Catholic hierarchy, Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonizers shortly after his (suicidal) return to the Philippines for advocating an independent republic through peaceful resistance and change, anticipating Gandhi and other nationalists by several decades. Ninotchka Rosca, herself a long-time exile and now an American citizen, insists, rightly, that nothing has changed and the struggle continues to this day. An absolute "must-have" title for Ninotchka Rosca collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in purple ink-pen on the title page by Ninotchka Rosca. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great novel. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and despite its imperfection (creasing and wear on the DJ spine) is still in fine condition: Every internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. 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 0393025446. $70.00

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