First Edition of Joan Didion's Miami; Inscribed by Her in the year of publication
Item Number: 117855
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
First edition of this “kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, and political manipulation, and broken dreams” (Boston Globe). Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Edward Hutton 20 August 87 Joan Didion.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Koppell & Scher.
As Didion follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion, hypocrisy, and political violence.