Kis, Danilo (Subject) & Thompson, Mark (Author). BIRTH CERTIFICATE: THE STORY OF DANILO KIS. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 355 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length biography on subject. The single most important book on the brief, tragic life and sublime literary art of Danilo Kis. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade softcover edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Mark Thompson's "Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kis". "A Yugoslav novelist, essayist, poet, and translator whose work generated storms of controversy in his homeland, but today holds classic status. Kis was championed by prominent literary figures around the world: Joseph Brodsky, Susan Sontag, Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie. As more of his works become available in translation, they are prized by an international readership drawn to Kis' innovative brilliance as a storyteller and to his profound meditation on history, culture, and the human condition. A subtle analysis of a rich and varied body of writing, 'Birth Certificate' is also a careful and sensitive telling of a life that experienced some of the last century's harshest cruelties. His writing pioneered Modernist techniques, fulminated against kitsch, and sketched out a literary heritage 'with no Sun as its Center and Tyrant' " (Publisher's blurb). Kis' influence has been enormous and trans-continental: For example, it is not possible to fully understand Roberto Bolano's roots and "breakthrough" achievement without tracing his lineage back to Borges, who also influenced Kis. As the triumph (rather than anxiety) of influence goes, both Borges and Kis "infiltrated" Bolano, the greatest Spanish-language novelist of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Danilo Kis collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All other copies available online are subsequent printings, the Softcover Edition, or have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. Danilo Kis' "Hourglass" is regarded by Joseph Brodsky and Susan Sontag as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DANILO KIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0801448883. $70.00

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