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Mandel, Emily St. John. STATION ELEVEN: A NOVEL. London, England: Picador, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven". Sensational. "A flight from Russia lands in Middle America, its passengers carrying a virus that explodes 'like a neutron bomb over the surface of the earth'. In a blink, the world as we know it collapses. 'No more ballgames played under floodlights', Emily St. John Mandel writes in this smart and sober homage to life's smaller pleasures, brutally erased by an apocalypse. 'No more trains running under the surface of cities. No more cities. No more Internet. No more avatars'. Survivors become scavengers, roaming the ravaged landscape or clustering in pocket settlements, some of them welcoming, some dangerous. What's touching about the world of 'Station Eleven' is its ode to what survived, in particular the music and plays performed for wasteland communities by a roving Shakespeare troupe, the Traveling Symphony, whose members form a wounded family-of-sorts. The story shifts deftly between the fraught post-apocalyptic world and twenty years earlier, just before the apocalypse. It's heartbreaking to watch the troupe strive for more than mere survival. At once terrible and tender, dark and hopeful, a tragically beautiful novel that both mourns and mocks the things we cherish" (Neal Thompson). The resonant echoes of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" are unmistakable yet hardly anybody seems to have noticed or mentioned it. St. John Mandel's novel has much more in common with the great Bradbury classic than Cormac McCarthy's grimly nihilistic "The Road", and the comparison is meant as praise. An absolute "must-have" title for Emily St. John Mandel collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed ("lined") in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Emily St. John Mandel 29/09/14 'The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored' ". The inscription is the first sentence of the novel. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and inscribed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online, is the single most beautiful signed copy we have ever seen, 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. . ISBN 1447268962. $100.00

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