The Dead Father. Donald Barthelme.
The Dead Father
The Dead Father
The Dead Father
The Dead Father

The Dead Father

ISBN: 0374135355
New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. " "There is nothing unusual about the foot except that it is seven meters high." Nineteen men are dragging, by means of a cable, an immense carcass through the countryside. The carcass is that of the Dead Father, a half-dead, half-alive, part-mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself, although he is, effectively, dead...In an austere, extraordinary prose quite unlike anything he has ever done before, Donald Barthelme offers a many-shaded landscape of first and last things, striking, comic, manic, inevitable." (from front flap) The second novel by Donald Barthelme (1931-1989), the acclaimed American writer, journalist, editor & academician. Barthelme's novels such as this, & his prolific output of short stories (the latter now collected into the canonical Library of America), are highly influential exemplars of his pioneering post-modern literary style. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, "First Printing, 1975" as stated on copyright page. A classic & desirable Barthelme collectible. Book in near-fine condition with slight rubbing & fading to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; generally moderate spotting to edges of text block; small area of spot-staining at lower side & right lower edges of same with slight bleeding onto blank lower corners & edges of rear paste-down, endpaper & some page leaves; slight fading of grey-dyed upper edge of same with thin line of dye-bleeding onto side edge. Interior near-fine with slight bleed-stains noted above. Dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing, scratching, occasional spotting, faint wrinkling & some tiny, non-penetrating dimples to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; very slight loss of paper at spine-edges & corners; one small, closed vertical tear at lower right corner-edge of front cover; one angled-vertical crease across left length of rear flap, not effecting text nor significantly effecting image. Near Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4525]

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