The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles). Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Paul Bowles.
The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)
The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)
The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)
The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)
The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)
The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)

The Pelcari Project (Translated by Paul Bowles)

ISBN: 0932274498
Tiburon, CA: Cadmus Editions, 1997. Limited First American Edition (1/150). Hardcover. Signed by Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Paul Bowles. "The Pelcari Project, Rey Rosa's first full-length narrative and the first work of his maturity following his earlier collections of short, haunted surrealist tales, has been described by Le Monde's critic Pierre Lepape, as 'without the least doubt or argument, the work of a great writer.' This novella is a profound meditation on language, both spoken and written, and simultaneously a metaphor for the last half-century of Central American history, a tale of the struggle for human dignity when horrendous and barbaric curbs are placed on thought by political tyranny. It is thus two intertwined tales: tyranny's thwarting of thought--and its results, spoken and written language--expressed by Dr. Pelcari, who purchases condemned political prisoners and uses them in an experiment which deprives them of their ability to speak, and resistance to tyranny, expressed by the character identified only as "Yu," struggling to maintain human dignity, rationality, and intellect in the face of such assault." So reads the first two paragraphs of the front flap for "The Pelcari Project," yet another essential and intriguing translation by the great literary cosmopolitan Paul Bowles. This, like the many other essentials previously alluded to, possesses that signature fog of fascination which emanates from Bowles--and from Bowles to his curated circle of mentees. It is from one such mentee that this work originates, published by the esteemed Cadmus Editions in 1997. The mind of this writer goes inexorably to the present when reading these sections from the blurb quoted above: "...a tale of the struggle for human dignity when horrendous and barbaric curbs are placed on thought by political tyranny...tyranny's thwarting of thought--and its results [on] spoken and written language..." Could this 1997 work from Bowles & Rey Rosa (unwittingly, by allegory) presage with Orwellian lucidity the disdainfully illiberal, retributive practice of "Cancel Culture" (as well as the self-censorship it engenders) as we know it today? It is unlikely or impossible, as it is removed from the excesses of our era, but also without doubt that a paper could be written claiming as such. The curious scholar and/or Bowles devotee will have to settle this for themselves and report the findings therefrom. Signed by Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Paul Bowles. Rey Rosa signature in thin black pen ink reads: "R. Rey Rosa." Bowles signature, also in thin black pen ink, reads: "Paul Bowles." This Limited First American Edition of "The Pelcari Project" has quite an early number in the series, copy No. 20/150. Considering this and the content within, this copy of "The Pelcari Project" would be a prestigious addition to any Bowles-&-Beyond collection or library. Book in very fine condition, virtually as issued. Dust-jacket in very fine-fine condition with only slightest shelf wear to topmost fine-edge, bottom right-hand corner of front cover; same at bottom left-hand corner, topmost fine-edge of back cover; modest appx. 2" horizontal crease at lower-left hand corner of front cover (see photos). Very Fine / Very Fine-Fine. [Item #3928]

Price: $90.00

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