FIRST EDITION OF DUSKLANDS; INSCRIBED BY COETZEE TO HIS WIFE

  • Dusklands.

Dusklands.

$18,000.00

Item Number: 72056

Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1974.

First edition of Coetzee’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Coetzee on the title page to his first m wife, “Philippe love from John.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association copy, most likely the finest extant.

Dusklands is a pair of novellas in the tradition of Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The first novella "Dusklands" probes the links between the powerful and the powerless. The second novella "Vietnam Project" is narrated by a researcher investigating the effectiveness of United States propaganda and psychological warfare in Vietnam. The question of power is also explored in "The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee," the story of an eighteenth-century Boer frontiersman who vows revenge on the Hottentot natives because they have failed to treat him with the respect that he thinks a white man deserves.

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