Stone, Robert. A FLAG FOR SUNRISE. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 439 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. One of Robert Stone's finest achievements. Review Copy. Review Materials, including an original silver-gelatin print, laid-in. 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 Robert Stone's "A Flag For Sunrise". Regarded by some critics and admirers as his best novel: A relentless, torrential descent into the abyss. Kept afloat by the air of inevitability it shares with the predecessor-novels of Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene, there are no pauses, no chapter breaks, as one expects of a full-fledged novel, and certainly of one that is nearly 500 pages long. "Saints and sinners compete in this nightmare, each with a different agenda. An ideological train wreck in which the ultimate victims are the disenfranchised. The name of the game is greed and the players are the usual suspects: Corporations, governments, a militia trained to fight insurrection, criminals, religious zealots, spies, and assorted operatives. Our personal guide is Frank Holliwell, an American anthropologist with CIA ties from his Vietnam days, visiting an invented Latin-American country called Tecan, ostensibly to give a lecture. Holliwell becomes one more pawn in a dangerous game with incredibly high stakes. Step into the chaos that jolts from one state of anxiety to another. Watch over your shoulder at every turn" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Stone collectors. This is a Review Copy. It comes with the Review Materials, including a 5 X 7 single-weight silver-gelatin print of the author's official portrait. It is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Robert Stone. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed Review Copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine 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 signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 1974 for "Dog Soldiers". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT STONE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394407571. $70.00

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