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Aciman, Andre. ENIGMA VARIATIONS. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. 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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andre Aciman's "Enigma Variations". Shades of "Call Me By Your Name", with brilliant new twists. The title is from Edward Elgar's orchestral masterpiece. "Charts the life of a man named Paul, whose loves remain as consuming and as covetous throughout his adulthood as they were in his adolescence. Whether the setting is Southern Italy, where as a boy he has a crush on his parents' cabinetmaker, or a snowbound campus in New England, where his enduring passion for a girl he'll meet again and again over the years is punctuated by anonymous encounters with men; whether he's on a tennis court in Central Park, or on a New York sidewalk in early spring, his attachments are ungraspable, transient, and forever underwritten by raw desire. Maps the most inscrutable corners of passion with language at once lyrical, bare-knuckled, and unabashedly candid. Casts a sensuous, shimmering light over each facet of desire to probe how we ache, want, and waver, and ultimately how we sometimes falter and let go of those who may want to offer only what we crave from them. Yet the dream of love lingers. We may not always know what we want. We may remain enigmas to ourselves and to others. But sooner or later, we discover who we've always known we were" (Publisher's blurb). "Aciman has the ability to make the finest, the tiniest, and most convincing distinctions between moods, responses, and registers. Everything is watched as it shifts and glitters" (Colm Toibin). An absolute "must-have" title for Andre Aciman collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by Andre Aciman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Aciman's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed 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 rare signed copy thus. Andre Aciman's "Call Me By Your Name" is regarded as a classic by Colm Toibin. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDRE ACIMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374148430. $150.00

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