A tragic and passionate portrayal of human conflict. Obscured by low, brooding clouds, two lost planes drift ominously beyond their landing strip and over the heads of the men below. A former enlisted man fresh out of flying school, Lieutenant Roberto Cassada is the latest arrival in a complacent Air Force squadron in Cold War Germany. From the ...Read MoreA tragic and passionate portrayal of human conflict. Obscured by low, brooding clouds, two lost planes drift ominously beyond their landing strip and over the heads of the men below. A former enlisted man fresh out of flying school, Lieutenant Roberto Cassada is the latest arrival in a complacent Air Force squadron in Cold War Germany. From the outset, several characteristics alienate Cassada from the tightly-knit group of men he joins: his mysterious reticence, his Puerto Rican birth, and - most damning of all - his unabashed ambition. In the absence of warfare, Cassada struggles to prove his superiority as a pilot on routine flying procedures, one of which leads to the tragedy at the centre of the novel. Cassada is a reworked version of Salter's The Arm of Flesh, originally published in 1961. Brilliantly paced and deeply haunting, this is a novel that explores the tensions of a group of fighter pilots in conflict with themselves and each other as much as with any enemy.Read Less
Very Good in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 208 pp.; 22 cm. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. Stated "First Printing." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. Rewritten, not revised, version of author's The arm of flesh, published in 1961.
Dust Jacket And Book Design By David Bullen; Cover Art By Emil Schulthess. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author viii, 214pp. Author Introduction. Maroon faux quarter-cloth cloth, red paper boards, gilt spine lettering and gilt front cover author's initials, khaki endpapers. Dust jacket price 25.00. SIGNED BY AUTHOR to first blank page. Sixth novel by this master of 20th-century American literature This is a complete rewriting of his second novel, 'The Arm of Flesh', from start to finish, introducing new characters and scenes. James Salter returned to his second novel, The Arm of Flesh--not to revise it but to entirely rewrite it. The result is this great new work, Cassada. The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe encompass the contradictions of military experience and the men's response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an emblem of their own. In Cassada, Salter captures the strange comradeship of loneliness, trust, and alienation among military men ready to sacrifice all in the name of duty and pride. After futile attempts at ordinary revision, Salter elected to begin with a blank page, to compose an entirely new novel based upon the characters and events of his second long unavailable novel, The Arm of Flesh. The result, Cassada, is a masterpiece, and the occasion of our hardcover edition was celebrated from coast to coast. "That opening image of the two lost planes lingers throughout, evoking the dark, perilous stuff that aviators and pilot-scribes, from Saint-Exupéry and Richard Hillary to Hanna Reitsch, work in. "--Paul West, The Washington Post Book World. "The air is thin in the heights through which Salter steers his characters, the prose moves at breakneck speed, and the book's emotional impact is devastating....Cassada is a masterpiece, a book in which men wage an elemental battle for survival against invisible forces. "--Mark Levine, Men's Journal. " Salter is one of the great writers about flying, and this short novel was revised, at the suggestion of Counterpoint editor Jack Shoemaker, from a book...
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author(s) First Printing. From the Donald S. Olsen collection of Modern Firsts. A fine copy in a near fine dustjacket. This copy is signed by Salter on the title page--signature only. Light toning to the book and dustjacket only. A great collectable copy in Durafold liner. Will be shipped Priority Mail at Media mail pricing. A former aviator, Salter is one of the best war aviators turned author--his work is highly acclaimed by critics and fellow authors alike.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author, on Title Page Book has remainder mark to top of page block. Dust jacket has a tiny white skinned spot on the front cover. Dust jacket is protected by removable Brodart cover.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author(s) 1st Printing. pp. 256. From a recent auction of modern firsts--with the auction tag tipped into the book. A fine copy in a near fine unclipped dustjacket. This copy is signed (signature only) on the title page by the author. A clean flawless copy. The dustjacket has very mild shelf wear to the rear panel--or would also be fine. A great collectible copy.
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