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Ferre, Rosario. ECCENTRIC NEIGHBORHOODS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's fourth novel. A bilingual writer, Rosario Ferre writes in the Spanish original and translates the works herself into English. One of the most important literary events of the year 1998. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A tale written in the classic epic manner, it tells the story of two families whose lives, loves, and steamy intrigues coincide with the demise of Puerto Rico's plantation society and the irresistible rise of the nouveau riche, an educated, ambitious, and restless middle class which would render the Old Elite irrelevant for good no matter how they struggle to preserve the status quo. This is a familiar narrative, based on factual events, and the challenge that faces every serious novelist is how to render the story in a way which shows that even those whose personal identities are linked to their class and social status are suffused with humanity, feeling, and genuine pain. The novel helped immediately establish Rosario Ferre as a leading contemporary voice in modern literature. Because she wrote the novel in English (whereas her previous works were in Spanish and were apparently erratically translated, some of them felicitous, others poor), it affords readers a more accurate and closer glimpse into her singular sensibility as a chronicler of personal histories against the inescapable background of impersonal History. Beautifully interspersed with vintage black-and-white photographs. An engrossing read, this is a "must-have" title for Rosario Ferre collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Rosario Ferre. Signed copies of Ferre's books are relatively difficult to find because she is based in Puerto Rico and has not done a book tour in a very long time. Her specimen-signature in this copy is one of the best we have ever seen. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for ten years and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. "Eccentric Neighborhoods" is regarded by Rosario Ferre's most ardent admirers as destined for canonical status. One of the most accomplished living Latin-American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROSARIO FERRE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374146381. $70.00

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