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Updike, John. TERRORIST. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 310 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's 22nd novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The novel provided a compelling reason for John Updike to emerge from the seclusion of his Beverly Farms, Massachusetts home and embark on his first (and final) national book tour in a very long time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Subsequent printings do not have the topstain that has become a trademark of Updike's handsomely produced books. Ostensibly Updike's exploration of spirituality, religion, and fanaticism, themes he explored in such novels as "The Coup" and "Toward The End of Time", Updike's genuine achievement is his protagonist, Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, the 18-year-old American suicide bomber/son of a present Irish mother and an absent Egyptian father. "He's my hero. I tried to understand him and to dramatize his world. Besides it's not just young Muslims who are killing themselves. We have all these American high school students, steeped in Protestantism and Judaism, who bring guns to school to shoot up the cafeteria knowing they're going to die at the end of this rush" (John Updike). "Tells his story with the thrilling, gorgeous prose we have come to expect of him. A terrible beauty" (Alden Mudge). Written in Updike's characteristic lapidary style: Chiseled, polished, impeccable. There is such a thing as a John Updike line or sentence in the sense that there isn't in any other living American writer. Susan Sontag regarded him as the finest stylist in the English language of our time. John Updike died of lung cancer on January 27, 2009 at the age of 76. He leaves behind a very large body of work but will still be missed. A "must-have" title for John Updike collectors. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and has become highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the true First Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. A writer all his adult life, John Updike was probably the most-honored American writer of our time: Winner of numerous awards, among them the Guggenheim Fellowship (1959), Rosenthal Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters (1959), National Book Award for Fiction (1964), O. Henry Prize (1967-68), American Book Award (1982), National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (1982, 1990), Union League Club Abraham Lincoln Award (1982), National Arts Club Medal of Honor (1984), and the National Medal of the Arts (1989), the highest award the U. S. Government bestows on its artists and writers. In 1976, he became a member of American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2003, Updike received the National Medal for Humanities, joining a very small group of great living Americans who have been honored with both the National Medal of the Arts and the National Medal for the Humanities. Updike's greatest novels, "Rabbit is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest", won Pulitzer Prizes. One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN UPDIKE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0307264653. $40.00

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