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1 Abe, Kobo; Keene, Donald, translator FRIENDS
New York: Grove Press, Inc., (1969). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Small stain to page 30, else near fine in black cloth; in a photo-pictorial price-clipped dust jacket with very minor wear to the upper edge of the spine panel. Jacket photograph by Akihisa Kanal and design by Kuhlman Associates. 
Abe is the noted author of the novels THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES and The FACE OF ANOTHER. This absurdist play is about an office worker who gets his own apartment, only to have a family he doesn't know move in with him. First performed in Toyko in 1967. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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2 Boll, Heinrich THE SAFETY NET
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. 394514941 First U.S. trade edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in a like dust jacket that shows some mild age-toning, a hint of rubbing, and a suggestion of wear to the edges. A nice copy. 
The subject here is terrorism, in this novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of THE CLOWN, GROUP PORTRAIT WITH LADY and BILLIARDS AT HALF-PAST NINE. Translated from the German by Leila Vennewitz. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. 
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3 Guedj, Denis THE PARROT'S THEOREM
New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, (2001). 0312280556 / 9780312280550 First U.S. edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Mild crimp to the lower spine edge, else near fine; in a fine dust jacket. 
The French teacher of the history of science has with this first book of fiction offered up a charming history of mathematics camouflaged as a mystery with a handful of likeable characters and a talking parrot. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne. 
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4 Kazantzakis, Nikos THREE PLAYS: Christopher Columbus; Melissa; Kouros
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1969). 671202049 First edition in English. Translated by Athena Gianakas Dallas. Hardcover. Faint remainder mark to the lower page edges, else near fine in brown cloth; in a decorative dust jacket with mild tanning to the spine panel. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. 
Three plays by the author of ZORBA THE GREEK and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. MELISSA and KOUROS are based on classical Greek legends, and CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS is based on the explorer's voyage to the New World. 
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5 Mauriac, Claude; Stone, Samuel I., translator THE NEW LITERATURE
New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1959. First U.S. edition. Translated from the French by Samuel I. Stone. Hardcover. A very nearly fine copy in black and orange cloth; in a dust jacket with very modest wear. 251 pages. 
An analysis of modern literature focusing on writers and works that exemplify "aliterature" or literature freed from hackneyed conventions, including authors like Kafka, Artaud, Beckett, Camus, Simenon, Barthes, and Robbe-Grillet. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 Polacek, Karel WHAT OWNERSHIP'S ALL ABOUT
North Haven, CT: A Garrigue Book/CATBIRD PRESS, (1993). 0945774192 / 9780945774198 First U.S. edition. Originally published in Czechoslovakia in 1928 as DUM NA PREDNESTI (THE HOUSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY). Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated and with an introduction by Peter Kussi. 
"A masterpiece of black humor"--Josef Skvorecky. Dubbed the Ring Lardner of his country because of his wry use of the colloquial, Polacek has also been called one of the most original writers of his time, on a par with fellow countrymen Hasek and Capek. 
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7 Verissimo, Erico HIS EXCELLENCY, THE AMBASSADOR
New York: The Macmillan Company, (1967). First edition in English. Hardcover. A fine fresh copy in green cloth with spine titles and rules gilt; in a fine dust jacket with a photographic illustration across a bright white background. 
Translated by Linton Lomas Barrett and Marie McDavid Barrett. A novel of Washington and South American politics by the Brazilian novelist who lived for some years in Washington, D.C. 
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