Roth, Philip. LOOKING AT KAFKA: THE EUROGRAPHICA LIMITED EDITION. Helsinki, Finland: Eurographica, 1990. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 45 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's short story. Now regarded as a late-modern classic. Limited Edition of 350 numbered, dated, and signed copies. Published as a softcover original only as Volume 42 of Eurographica's "Contemporary Authors In Signed Limited Editions" Series, one of the greatest Limited Edition publishing projects of the 20th century. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Rolando Pieraccini: Regular-sized volume format. Pristine-white ribbed softcovers, as issued. Text by Philip Roth. Printed by Tipografia Nobili, established in Pesaro in 1823, on special Michelangelo Paper made at the Magnani Paper Mills in Pescia, Italy to the highest standards. In pale gray ribbed DJ with large folds and black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Philip Roth's "Looking For Kafka". His fable fantasy-cum-essay, an homage to his literary mentor. First published by The American Review in 1973 (May Issue #17) as "I Always Wanted You To Admire My Fasting, Or Looking At Kafka", the Eurographica text represents Roth's definitive version of the piece (starting with its simplified title). Briefly: Literary icon/writer Franz Kafka has an affair with Philip Roth's aunt shortly before his untimely and tragic demise. Indeed, for all his illnesses and personal failings, Kafka was a profoundly sexual being and a great lover. In a lifetime of prodigious writing, there have been no more than ten Philip Roth Limited Editions in all, making each one of them eminently collectible. Surely, Roth deserved more, and were it not for his fraught relationship with FSG, he would have gotten more. Instead, he had to settle for Franklin Mint editions, which are strictly speaking, NOT Limited Editions because the limitation is never stated. "For the last half-century, the novels of Philip Roth have re-energized American fiction and re-defined its possibilities. Roth's comic genius, his imaginative daring, his courage in exploring uncomfortable truths, and his assaults on political, cultural, and sexual orthodoxies have made him one of the essential writers of our time" (Ross Miller). Philip Roth died on May 22, 2018 of congestive heart failure, literally of heartbreak, at the age of 85. An absolute "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Limitation Page. It is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Philip Roth Dec. 1990". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This is the definitive version of Philip Roth's text. A rare signed copy thus. Six of Philip Roth's novels were selected as among the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years: "American Pastoral", "The Counterlife", "Operation Shylock", "Sabbath's Theater", "The Human Stain", and "The Plot Against America". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9519371737. $300.00

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