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De Sena, Jorge. BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON AND OTHER STORIES. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 155 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's debut collection of fiction. Now considered a late-modern classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents eleven short stories by the Portuguese man-of-letters. Features religious subject matter and historical figures: St. Paul addresses a Roman tribune in "Night of Nativity'' and an English monk forces the stones of an ancient Druid temple to speak in the whimsical "Sea of Stones''. "Tantalizing by the promise they show, these short narratives are animated by the flash of inspiration". Until his death in 1978, Jorge De Sena was considered the finest Portuguese writer of his time. A brilliant collection, this is a "must-have" title for Jorge de Sena collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 081351388X. $20.00

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