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Freeman, John (Author) & Luiselli, Valeria (Contributor). DICTIONARY OF THE UNDOING. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2019. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 178 pages. As New.

The author's book-length account on politics, presented as a Dictionary of Key Words. One of the most valuable literary and cultural events of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original and an FSG Originals title only. Presents John Freeman's "Dictionary of The Undoing". From one of the most intelligent and eloquent literary voices of our time, the Key Words, in alphabetical order, of the present moment of severe American and global political crisis: "From A to Z, from Agitate to Zygote". "Assembles the words that feel most essential, most potent, to build a case for their renewed power and authority, each word building on the last. The message is not to retreat behind books, but to emphatically engage in the public sphere, to redefine what it means to be a literary citizen. A necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world" (Publisher's blurb). "How to be good in bad times? How to speak truth? Why read? Why write? Why bother? It is a symptom of our ongoing catastrophe that such questions must be asked, but we're lucky that John Freeman is out there looking for some answers. Language is Freeman's primary concern. He sets out to reclaim it and restore what was damaged by the onslaught of evil and idiocy" (Aleksandar Hemon). With an Afterword by the brilliant young novelist Valeria Luiselli, this is the best title in the FSG Originals series since Wayne Koestenbaum's "My 1980s And Other Essays" (2013). An absolute "must-have" title for John Freeman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen on the title page by John Freeman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the book launch during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: John Freeman did NOT tour to promote the book. Published as a softcover original only. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant new voices of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0374538859. $40.00

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