Jim Crace's acclaimed debut novel explores an imaginary seventh continent, subtly different from any in the world we know. Its landscapes, wildlife, customs and communities are alien, even frightening but the continent's inhabitants are nonetheless disarmingly familiar, known to us through their loves, their hopes, and their struggles to make ...
Jim Crace's acclaimed debut novel explores an imaginary seventh continent, subtly different from any in the world we know. Its landscapes, wildlife, customs and communities are alien, even frightening but the continent's inhabitants are nonetheless disarmingly familiar, known to us through their loves, their hopes, and their struggles to make sense of life. On its first publication over twenty years ago, this captivating novel marked the arrival of one of the most imaginative minds at work: a writer capable of transporting his readers to a strange and wonderful landscape while revealing the humanity within the mirage. 'Continent invites and sustains comparison with Borges' David Lodge 'A remarkable first novel' John Fowles
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Jim Crace on the title page. First printing of the First American Edition, the author's first book & winner of the Whitbread Award, the David Higham and the Guardian Prize for Fiction. An absolutely perfect copy; clean & bright, with no creases, no tears, and no markings. The dustjacket is also clean & bright, with no tears (original price present on the front flap).
See photo. Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by Russell Banks and Frederick Busch on back cover by their blurbs... Signed by author, dated 2/87; sewn binding. Paper over boards. 138 p. Audience: General/trade. Writer's first novel; first US ed.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo. Signed by Author. 154 pp. Signed by Crace on the title-page. The author's first book. Top corners bumped, small bruise to lower edge of front cover, head and foot of spine gently bruised; dustjacket is very lightly edgeworn with a few creases on rear panel and some indents as well. Promotional sticker absent. Still a very nice, collectible copy.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [vi], 138 pages. 0060157240. A most attractive First Printing of the First US Edition in unread Fine condition in equally unblemished dust-jacket. Signed by author Jim Crace directly on the title page; Jim Crace made up "Continent" of seven tales that have the cumulative impact and implications of a major novel.
Fine in fine jacket. New York: Harper & Row, 1986. First U. S. edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. 138 pp. Signed by author on title page. Tight and unread. Jacket is protected by an archival Brodart cover.
8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed by Crace on the title page. "You can afford to make the journey! " sticker affixed to dustjacket front panel as issued. Miniscule nick on the rear flap bottom edge (not immediately apparent); otherwise, in Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with a Durafold archival cover. Actual image of the book; not a stock photo.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-02-13 Crace's continent is mainly dry and under-developed, peopled by bureaucrats and country folk whose conflicting values give these loosely connected chapters their essential tension. In ``Electricity,'' the wiring of a small village pits superstition and ancient innocence against technology and progress, leaving nothing much changed in the end. The nearly perfect ``In Heat,'' featuring a forest tribe whose women conceive at only one time of year, centers on the effect of their discovery by a biologist doing field workall told in the voice of his daughter, who late in her life learns a truth about her origin. A village scribe in ``Sins and Virtues'' withstands cultural exploitation, remaining true to himself and his art in the face of profit and greed. Crace's imagination is fabulous, conjuring landscapesurban and ruralthat are concrete, credible and mythic at once. It's a topography of the interior, where primitive magical explanations of phenomena are as adequate (and inadequate) as those of progress and technology. Distinguished by unfaltering authority and range of voice, Crace's novel has been awarded the Whitbread and the David Higham prizes in England. This is stunningly powerful, visionary writing. (April)
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