London: Jonathan Cape, 1971. First Printing. Hardcover. First English-language Edition (a limited American edition followed in 1994), translated from the French and with an introduction by Simon Watson Taylor, of this key text of the surrealist movement. Crown 8vo (196 x 120mm): 222pp. Publisher's paper-effect brown cloth, spine stamped in gold, top edge stained lavender, lavender end sheets; lavender and lime-green illustrated dust jacket by Stanley Chapman, priced £1.90. Very Fine, virtually pristine and apparently unread. Fine. Item #BB2306
Originally published in Paris (as Le Paysan de Paris), in 1926, and dedicated to the surrealist painter André Masson. In this novel, Aragon abandons conventional tropes of fiction, including linear narration and character development, instead employing magical realism to create "a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction, one that would be neither a narrative (a story) nor a character study (a portrait)." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).