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Sarraute, Nathalie (Translated by Barbara Wright). HERE. New York City, NY: George Braziller, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 165 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's last novel. One of Nathalie Sarraute' finest achievements. 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 Nathalie Sarraute's "Here" in a felicitous English translation. Her valedictory statement. One of the founders of the so-called "Nouveau Roman" ("New Novel"), Sarraute wrote indefatigably until the very end. "Novels aren't always about people. 'Here' is a story of loaded words and fickle phrases, a manual of the vortex of thought that language precipitates in the brilliant mind of 96-year-old French novelist Nathalie Sarraute. Nicole Meyer says, 'To read Sarraute, it is necessary to position yourself differently' and it's a genuine pleasure to attempt her unusual perspective. Reminiscent of the writing of Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Sarraute uses ellipses as a force that moves language and thought, though gently, as the eddies of a stream. For example, she muses over the words 'I want to be a writer' and as with all language, finds that a flood of meaning, betrayal, and possibilities swirls between speaker and listener. You will never again view a phrase as being simply words" (Publishers Weekly). A moving "farewell" novel from one of its most daring experimenters. An absolute "must-have" title for Nathalie Sarraute 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 pristine 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 greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0807614238. $20.00

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