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Kushner, Rachel. THE STRANGE CASE OF RACHEL K. New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of short stories. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Rachel Kushner's "The Strange Case of Rachel K". Homages to Franz Kafka and Roberto Bolano coupled with intimations of her own ambition as risk-taking writer. "Three early stories of myth, regime, and harlotry: An explorer's whereabouts keeps a queen in waiting. A faith healer's illegal radio broadcasts give hope to an oppressed people. A president's offer of ice cream surprises a prostitute. Written prior to the publication of Kushner's acclaimed first novel, 'Telex From Cuba', these stories, like Roberto Bolano's 'Antwerp', burst forth with the genesis of her fictional universe, as though fired from a cannon" (Publisher's blurb). "Her prose has a poise and wariness and moral graininess that puts you in mind of visionaries like Robert Stone and Joan Didion" (The New York Times). "Full of vibrantly different stories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive" (James Wood). The eponymous "Rachel K" character is fortuitously based on a real person, NOT on her namesake-author. An absolute "must-have" title for Rachel Kushner collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Rachel Kushner. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Rachel Kushner's "The Flamethrowers" is widely regarded as one of the most important novels of our time. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RACHEL KUSHNER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 081122421X. $80.00

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