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Kushner, Rachel. THE FLAMETHROWERS. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 390 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough second novel. One of the most important novels of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Rachel Kushner's "The Flamethrowers". Her sensational second novel. "The riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970's, by turns underground, elite, and dangerous. An intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. A major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination" (Publisher's blurb). One of Kushner's most ardent champions (somewhat surprisingly) is James Wood: "Scintillatingly alive, and also alive to artifice. It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures: Kushner is never not telling a story. It is nominally a historical novel and, I suppose, also a realist one (it works within the traditional grammar of verisimilitude). But it manifests itself as a pure explosion of now: It catches us in its mobile, flashing present, which is the living reality it conjures on the page at the moment we are reading". "One of the most brilliant writers of the new century" (Robert Stone). "Sex is not about exchange values. It's a gift economy" (Rachel Kushner). An absolute "must-have" title for Rachel Kushner collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RACHEL KUSHNER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1439142009. $70.00

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