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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. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jorge De Sena's "By The Rivers of Babylon And Other Stories" in a felicitous English translation. A brilliant collection. 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. An absolute "must-have" title for Jorge de Sena collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 081351388X. $20.00

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