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Zimler, Richard. THE ANGELIC DARKNESS. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 256 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Richard Zimler's "The Angelic Darkness". More fictional Kabbalah. "Androgyny and the occult offer solutions to a painful spiritual crisis in this mystical account of a divorced man's struggle for personal transformation in 1980's San Francisco. After his chronic philandering breaks up his marriage, Bill Ticino is afraid of the dark and cannot sleep, alone in his suddenly empty home. His job as the editor of a corporate magazine is unfulfilling and offers him no refuge. To remedy the situation he takes in a housemate, the mysterious, handsome, androgynous Peter who brings his pet hoopoe bird, Maria. Bill is immediately fascinated by Peter, drawn to him not only by his looks, but by his odd, poetic way of speaking, his acute sense of smell, his strange stories about mythical creatures and human atrocities, his seeming ability to read Bill's thoughts, the bizarre talismans and Holocaust relics he collects, and the unmistakable impression that he is not quite what he seems. Peter introduces Bill to some other unusual characters from his world and encourages him to interview prostitutes in San Francisco's Tenderloin district" (Publishers Weekly). Zimler did his graduate work at Stanford University on the male prostitutes of San Francisco so his novel is clearly autobiographical. He remains a fascinating writer in his attempt to fuse his homosexuality with his mysticism, which he succeeded in doing triumphantly in "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon". For the sheer descriptive power of his prose and beauty of language, his novels are mesmerizing. An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Zimler collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Richard Zimler. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing 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 signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD ZIMLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0393048179. $30.00

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