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Martel, Yann. THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL. New York City, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 332 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fourth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only and simultaneously in Canada and the United States. "Autographed Copy" round white sticker pasted in front. Presents Yann Martel's "The High Mountains of Portugal". "In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that, if he can find it, would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomas' quest. Fifty years on, a Canadian Senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in Northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: A chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion" (Publisher's blurb). "We are fortunate to have brilliant writers using their fiction to meditate on a paradox we need urgently to consider: The unbridgeable gap and the unbreakable bond between human and animal, our impossible self-alienation from our world. Martel's semi-surreal, semi-absurdist mode is well-suited to exploring the paradox. The moral and spiritual implications of his tale have a quality of haunting tenderness" (Ursula K. Le Guin). "Just as ambitious, just as clever, just as existential and spiritual as 'Life of Pi' " (San Francisco Chronicle). An absolute "must-have" title for Yann Martel collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Yann Martel Feb. 13, 2016". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies online and in bookstores are. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The American and Canadian Editions were released simultaneously. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 2002 for "Life of Pi". One of the most brilliant living writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0812997174. $50.00

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