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Tsypkin, Leonid (Translated by Roger and Angela Keys). SUMMER IN BADEN-BADEN. New York City, NY: New Directions, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 146 pages. Fine/Fine.

The first book by the author to be translated into English. One of the finest re-discovered novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Leonid Tsypkin's "Leto V Badene" in a felicitous English translation as "Summer In Baden Baden". Introduction by the great novelist and essayist Susan Sontag. "A complex, highly original novel, 'Summer in Baden-Baden' has a double narrative. It is wintertime, late December: A narrator - Tsypkin - is on a train going to Leningrad. And it is also mid-April 1867. The newly married Dostoyevskys, Fyodor and his wife, Anna Grigoryevna, are on their way to Germany for a four-year trip. This is not, like J. M. Coetzee's 'The Master of St. Petersburg', a Dostoyevsky fantasy. Neither is it a docu-novel although its author was obsessed with getting everything right. Nothing is invented, everything is invented. Dostoyevsky's reckless passions for gambling, for his literary vocation, for his wife are matched by her all-forgiving love, which in turn resonates with the love of literature's disciple for Dostoyevsky. In a remarkable Introductory Essay, Susan Sontag explains why it is something of a miracle that 'Summer In Baden-Baden' has survived, and celebrates the happy event of its publication in America with an account of Tsypkin's beleaguered life and the important pleasures of his marvelous novel" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Leonid Tsypkin collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a 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 greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LEONID TSYPKIN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0811214842. $40.00

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