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Alarcon, Daniel (Author) & Alvarado, Sheila (Artist). CITY OF CLOWNS. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. As New.

The author's and artist's debut graphic novel. Collaboration between Daniel Alarcon and Sheila Alvarado. One of the most beautiful graphic novels 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. Re-presents Daniel Alarcon's "City of Clowns" as a full-fledged and dazzling graphic novel, in collaboration with Sheila Alvarado. About his beloved Lima, Peru, the short story is one of the best things about "War By Candlelight", Alarcon's great breakthrough book. "Oscar 'Chino' Uribe is a young Peruvian journalist for a local tabloid paper. After the recent death of his philandering father, he must confront the idea of his father's other family, and how much of his own identity has been shaped by his father's murky morals. At the same time, he begins to chronicle the life of street clowns, sad characters who populate the violent and corrupt city streets of Lima, and is drawn into their haunting, fantastical world. This remarkably affecting story by Daniel Alarcon takes on a new, thrilling form: With its short punches of action and images, its stark contrasts between light and dark, truth and fiction, the graphic novel perfectly corresponds to the tone of the story. With the city of Lima as a character and its bold visual language, 'City of Clowns' is moving, menacing, and brilliantly vivid" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Daniel Alarcon and Sheila Alvarado collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (three days after publication) in blue pen on the half-title page by the author: "Daniel Alarcon Chicago, 8 Nov 2015". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Alarcon also drew a stick-clown in action on the same page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2015 Souvenir Program during which event his signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing with drawing 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 1594633339. $60.00

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