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Bellow, Saul. THE BELLAROSA CONNECTION. New York City, NY: Penguin Books, 1989. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 102 pages. Fine.

The author's sixteenth book. One of Saul Bellow's finest achievements in late-career. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a softcover original only. Presents Saul Bellow's "The Bellarosa Connection". The second novella of the trilogy that begins with "A Theft" and ends with "Something To Remember Me By". A powerfully compressed exploration of the meaning of memory. "The aging, lonely, and nostalgic narrator, a memory specialist, summons from the past the book's story-within-a-story concerning his onetime acquaintance, Jewish refugee Harry Fonstein. Saved from the hands of the Nazis by an Italian underground movement - the Bellarosa Operation - spearheaded by Broadway showman Billy Rose, Fonstein immigrates to America, where he prospers" (Publishers Weekly). An eloquent (and vanished) novelist of ideas, Bellow delivers once again. No book of his, not even a slender, 102-page novella, is complete without his philosophical ruminations. That is precisely why he is worth reading as a novelist, why his novellas are richer than most other novels, and why he will last. "For the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work" (The Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Saul Bellow collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Saul Bellow. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Bellow signed on top of the page, making his signature even more prominent. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed 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: The book was issued as a softcover original only. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. Winner of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature in 1990. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SAUL BELLOW TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0140126864. $90.00

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