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Brunet, Raymond (Author) & Burnet, Graeme Macrae (Translator/Author). THE ACCIDENT ON THE A35. Salford, United Kingdom: Contraband Imprint/Saraband, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 258 pages. As New.

The author's second novel to be translated in English. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and 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. There is NO American Edition. Presents Raymond Brunet's "The Accident On The A35" in a felicitous English translation by Graeme Macrae Burnet, his champion in the English language and virtual co-author. A forgotten masterpiece, recently (and tantalizingly) re-discovered among his French publisher's archives. Brunet had published exactly one novel, "La Disparition d'Adele Bedeau", and it's a great novel too, before he committed suicide in 1992. It was the basis of the great 1989 film adaptation by Claude Chabrol, and through Chabrol, was a seminal influence on contemporary cinema. "There does not appear to be anything remarkable about the fatal car crash on the A35. But one question dogs Inspector Georges Gorski: Where was the victim, an outwardly austere lawyer, on the night of his death? The troubled Gorski finds himself drawn into a mystery that takes him behind the respectable veneer of the sleepy French backwater of Saint-Louis. Burrows deep into the psyches of its characters and explores the forgotten corners of small-town life" (Publisher's blurb). Graeme Macrae Burnet, the author of "His Bloody Project: Documents Relating To The Case of Roderick Macrae", regards Raymond Brunet as THE major influence on his own work, and has written a brilliant Essay, which appears in the book as an Afterword. The near-identical similarity between his Scottish surname, Burnet, with that of Brunet makes one feel as though French writer and Scottish author-collaborator are one and the same voice if not person. An absolute "must-have" title for Raymond Brunet and Graeme Macrae Burnet collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed ("lined") in black ink-pen on the title page by the author/translator: " 'There did not appear to be anything remarkable about the accident in the A35'. Graeme Macrae Burnet". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The inscription is the very first line of the novel. Burnet also red-stamped the page with the road warning sign that appears on the cover. This title is a great book in the mystery-thriller genre. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, stamped, and inscribed ("lined") copy of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is NO American Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist of the Booker Prize for "His Bloody Project: Documents Relating To The Case of Roderick Macrae" in 2016. One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GRAEME MACRAE BURNET TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1910192872. $150.00

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