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Alarcon, Daniel. WAR BY CANDLELIGHT: STORIES. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 190 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut collection of short stories. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. 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 Daniel Alarcon's "War By Candlelight", his first book. "A work of vivid imagination from the most exciting new voice in Latin-American fiction. These nine stories examine the lives of various characters in transition, from unrepentant terrorists to immigrants wrestling with the idea of never returning home, men and women never entirely free of the convulsive conditions that define their lives" (Publisher's blurb). "Daniel Alarcon's stories are one of the reasons we go to storytellers: They present worlds we have only imagined or heard about in less truthful and poetic ways" (Edward P. Jones). "One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years" (Colm Toibin). "War By Candlelight", the eponymous short story, catapulted Alarcon to the New Yorker Magazine's List of "20 Under 40" best American writers of the decade. "City of Clowns", about his beloved Lima, Peru, was turned into a full-fledged and dazzling graphic novel by the author and artist Sheila Alvarado in 2015. An absolute "must-have" title for Daniel Alarcon collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "Daniel Alarcon 15 May 2005". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He also wrote the long, indelible opening line of "War By Candlelight" in blue pen on the half-title page: "Oxapampa 1989. 'The day before a stray bomb buried him in the Peruvian jungle, Fernando sat with Jose Carlos and together they meditated on death'. Daniel Alarcon". This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed ("lined") 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 most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DANIEL ALARCON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060594802. $150.00

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