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Zambra, Alejandro (Translated by Megan McDowell). THE PRIVATE LIVES OF TREES. New York City, NY: Open Letter Books/University Of Rochester, 2010. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 100 pages. Fine.

The author's second book to be translated into English. One of Alejandro Zambra's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Alejandro Zambra's "La vida privada de los arboles" in a felicitous English translation. Widely considered to be a Latin-American literary masterpiece. "Zambra's sentences string together like pearls, each of them perfect, fragile, and self-contained. Often, they are startlingly beautiful in their careful starkness. Or hilariously deadpan. Washes over you, and it lingers" (New City Lit). A consummate innovator and experimentalist, Alejandro Zambra is often mentioned as Roberto Bolano's successor: "The most interesting Chilean writer to emerge since Bolano. His biggest strengths are a lively attention to detail and an ability to plausibly and enjoyably break the bounds of tradition" (Publisher's blurb). One of his most notable achievements as a writer is the unexpected, surprising, and often abrupt yet completely satisfying way he ends his stories and novels. An absolute "must-have" title for Alejandro Zambra collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Alejandro Zambra. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Zambra signed his name in full (instead of his initials only). His signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Clean, legible, and elegant. Laid-in is the lovely Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American 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 writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO ROBERTO BOLANO AND PATRICIO PRON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1934824240. $50.00

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