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Strauss, Darin. CHANG AND ENG. New York City, NY: Dutton, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 336 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most important literary events of the new century. Published to enormous critical acclaim, it remains Darin Strauss' finest achievement. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Born attached at the chest, Chang and Eng Bunker were the first to be called Siamese Twins. They were one of the 19th century's most legendary human oddities. "Narrated by Eng during the final moments of his life, 'Chang and Eng' follows the extraordinary lives of the twins from poverty to wealth, from hopeless solitude to boundless love, from the court of the King of Siam to the crowded bedroom of their North Carolina home. An unforgettable and sublimely moving story that reveals the longings and humanity of these remarkable twins" (Publisher's blurb). There is a whole library on the real-life characters. Darin Strauss seems to have read and sifted through them all, and found the true story. "One of the most riskily imagined and successfully realized novels I've read in years" (Joyce Carol Oates). A brilliant debut. A "must-have" title for Darin Strauss collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Darin Strauss. He also crossed out his printed name. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings. This is one of few 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. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. . ISBN 0525945121. $50.00

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