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Weschler, Lawrence. CALAMITIES OF EXILE: THREE NONFICTION NOVELLAS. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 199 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of novella-accounts. One of the most important literary events of the year 1998. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. "The three essays engage directly with the theme of political exile by delving into the lives of three exiles: South African author Breyten Breytenbach, who would attempt to re-enter the country to participate more actively in the struggle against apartheid, only to be captured and imprisoned; Kanan Makiya, an Iraqi whose 'Republic of Fear' offered many Westerners their first in-depth knowledge of Saddam Hussein's regime; and Jan Karan, a participant in the 1968 Revolution in Prague who, after years of running a smuggling operation in and out of Czechoslovakia, would return to his liberated homeland only to be denounced for alleged collaboration with its Communist oppressors. Lawrence Weschler is one of the late-20th century's best journalists, a master of the profile format. He offers the reader tremendous amounts of information, including extensive historical backgrounds, without ever sacrificing any of his prose's immediacy or clarity. Given that his three subjects have each fought against oppressive regimes, it would be easy to portray them as simplistic heroes, but Weschler takes great pains to show the full complexities of their characters, even when it casts them in a less than flattering light. You will learn much about international politics but more important, you will learn much about people" (Ron Hogan). "His thorough accounting of the men's covert operations, assumed identities, and strained relationships with fathers, wives, and colleagues creates a disturbing triptych of the perils of totalitarianism" (The New York Times). A "must-have" title for Lawrence Weschler collectors. This title had limited distribution, has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time, and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the true First Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest American journalists of the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LAWRENCE WESCHLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0226893936. $20.00

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