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Rushdie, Salman. THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE. London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 356 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's tenth novel. One of Salman Rushdie's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Salman Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence". Rushdie at his absolute, insolent best. "Trying to describe a Rushdie novel is like trying to describe a piece of music to someone who has never heard it. You can fumble with a plot summary, but you won't be able to convey the wonder of his dazzling prose or the imaginative complexity of his vision. At its heart, 'The Enchantress of Florence' is about the power of the story, whether it is the imagined life of a Mughal queen or the devastating secret held by a silver-tongued Florentine. Make no mistake, it is Rushdie who is the true enchanter of this story, conjuring readers into his gilded fairy tale from the very first sentence. At once bawdy, gorgeous, gory, and hilarious, a study in contradiction, incarnated in its philosopher-king, who detests his bloodthirsty heritage even while he carries it out. Full of rich sentences running nearly the length of a page. Blends fact and fable into a challenging and satisfying read" (Daphne Durham). An absolute "must-have" title for Salman Rushdie collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Salman Rushdie. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (British) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1981 for "Midnight's Children", which was also selected as "The Booker of Bookers" in 1993, the best of all previous winners. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SALMAN RUSHDIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0224061631. $50.00

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