Rosca, Ninotchka. TWICE BLESSED. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 269 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. One of Ninotchka Rosca's finest achievements. 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. Presents Ninotchka Rosca's "Twice Blessed". "Has the magical feel of novels by the Latin-American Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez" (Publishers Weekly). Ninotchka Rosca's influences are more diverse, and her literary idol/father-figure is (by her own admission) Vladimir Nabokov rather than Garcia Marquez. Among Filipino-American writers, she is, stylistically and formally, the most ambitious. Ninotchka Rosca's concern as a novelist is the relation between the individual, his right to a private life and destiny, and the inescapable, often brutal, and near-Darwinian determinism of history, or the great Nabokovian theme. An absolute "must-have" title for Ninotchka Rosca collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, dated (in the month and year of publication), and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the author: Feb. 21, 1992 For Jack: With great appreciation for your support of and work for POC's of my country Ninotchka Rosca New York". The recipient, personally known to the author, is an American human-rights activist working specifically on behalf of prisoners of conscience in the Philippines. 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 0393030911. $70.00

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