Faber, Michel. UNDER THE SKIN. London, England: Canongate Books, 2000. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 296 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough first novel. One of the most important literary debuts of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. The book is beautifully produced: Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Blurb by Kate Atkinson that is printed separately and pasted in front. Printed on archival stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In white-and-orange translucent glassine DJ that covers and protects the book, as issued. Presents Michel Faber's "Under The Skin". Science fiction as horror movie, and as only the Dutch author who writes exclusively in English could have pulled off. A beautiful and seemingly fragile woman cruises the highways in search of men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. "A combination of Roald Dahl and Franz Kafka, Somerset Maugham shacking up with Ian McEwan. At once humane and horrifying, 'Under The Skin' takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory - our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory announcing the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured" (Publisher's blurb). "Examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results". The basis of the very fine film adaptation by Jonathan Glazer, with a career-defining performance by Scarlett Johansson. An absolute "must-have" title for Michel Faber collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed and inscribed ("lined") in blue pen on the title page by the author: " 'Here I come', Michel Faber". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The inscription is the last line of the novel. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and inscribed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $400. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0862419271. $100.00

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