Louis, Edouard (Author) & Stein, Lorin (Translator). HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. London, England: Harvill Secker, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's second novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition, released on June 19, 2018, one week later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edouard Louis' "Histoire de la violence" in a felicitous English translation by Lorin Stein, himself one of the most brilliant writers in the English language. The second novel in the prodigious young writer's "Autobiography" Trilogy preceded by "The End of Eddy" (2017) and completed by "Who Killed My Father" (2019). "On Christmas Eve 2012, the novelist Edouard Louis was raped and almost murdered by a man he had just met. This act of violence left Louis shattered. Its aftermath made him a stranger to himself and sent him back to the village, the family, and the past he had sworn to leave behind. A short non-fiction novel in the tradition of Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood', but with the victim as its subject, it has the exactness of a police report and the searching, unflinching curiosity of memoir. Records not only the casual racism and homophobia of French society, but also their subtle effects on lovers, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives. Represents a great step forward for a young writer whose acuity, skill, and depth are unmatched by any novelist of his generation" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Edouard Louis collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Edouard Louis. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition, released on June 19, 2018, one week later. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDOUARD LOUIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1911215752. $150.00

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