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Fuentes, Carlos (Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden). THE HYDRA HEAD. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Company, 1978. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 292 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's seventh novel. Now considered a late-modern classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. His first attempt at the thriller genre, the book represents a major departure for Carlos Fuentes after "Terra Nostra", his massive and masterly historical/fantasy novel. The title comes from the fact that the plot is extremely complex, involving numerous characters, with labyrinthine plot twists and turns worthy of the proverbial hydra-headed monster. "The first Third World spy thriller, an action-filled, quick-paced, terse novel of intrigue as contemporary as a headline" (Publisher's blurb). Dedicated to Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Claude Rains, who are all featured on the cover. Widely regarded as Mexico's man-of-letters, Fuentes is more erudite than most other Latin-American writers. Readers who have read him in the original claim that his mastery of the Spanish language is next to none among Latin-American writers in its lucidity, elegance, and beauty. He is highly regarded not just for his exquisite mastery of a very complex language but also for his restless imagination and genuine wisdom. A "must-have" title for Carlos Fuentes collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the front free endpaper by Carlos Fuentes. This title has been out-of-print for more than thirty years and is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First English-language Edition still available online and is in unusually fine condition: It is not price-clipped, remainder-marked, yellowed at the white DJ flaps or sunned at the spine. Every internal page is clean and unmarked. Many copies available online have major flaws. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize in 1987, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CARLOS FUENTES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374173974. $150.00

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