Arriaga, Guillermo (Author/Filmmaker); Page, Alan (Translator) & Luna, Diego (Film Actor). THE NIGHT BUFFALO. New York City, NY: Atria Books, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough third novel. One of Guillermo Arriaga's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and 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 Guillermo Arriaga's "El Bufalo de la noche" in a felicitous English translation by Alan Page, himself a poet, who has worked with Arriaga on previous collaborative projects. The title refers to the violent, schizophrenic visions of Gregorio, the central character who is otherwise mostly absent in the novel's present action. "A compelling novel that revolves around the suicide of Gregorio, a charismatic but troubled young man, who is betrayed by the two people whom he trusts the most" (Publisher's blurb). Which betrayal (the friends become passionate, sex-obsessed lovers) precipitates his suicide. Arriaga is the sometimes-unsung hero and screenwriter of such global phenomena (now classics) as "Amores Perros", "21 Grams", "Babel", and "The Three Burials of Melquiades". Compared to his Mexican colleagues (especially, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), his literary - and cinematic - style is a unique blend of extreme physical and psychological anguish, feverish eroticism, and yet, a pervasive and almost unbearable sadness as well. No amount of non-stop lovemaking by his characters alleviates, even temporarily, their existential guilt and confused state, which is surely Arriaga's point. The basis of the film adaptation, written by the author, directed by Jorge Hernandez Aldana, with a career-peak performance by Diego Luna, who is unabashedly full-frontal nude in almost half the film. An absolute "must-have" title for Guillermo Arriaga collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the front free endpaper (his preferred page) by Guillermo Arriaga. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It also comes with a pristine copy of the film adaptation, released on DVD only. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy (with DVD) of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. 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. One of the most brilliant writer/film artists of our time. A fine set. . ISBN 0743281853. $50.00

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