"HISTORY IS THE THINGS THAT STAY WITH YOU": FIRST EDITION OF THE SELLOUT, INSCRIBED BY PAUL BEATTY
BEATTY, Paul. The Sellout. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (2015). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $1150.
First edition of Beatty's Booker Award-winning novel—"a work of genius, a satirical opus on race in 21st-century America"—inscribed and signed on title page by Beatty with his now-famous line from the novel, "History is the things that stay with you."
Named one of the New York Times "Top Books of 2015," The Sellout is "blistering on the past and present of race in America… It breaks open the private jokes and secrets of blackness (one of which is that Being Black Is Fun) in a way that feels powerful and profane… Beatty's novel is a metaphorical multicultural pot almost too hot to touch." When it became the first novel by an American writer to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2016, the five judges, "who were unanimous in their decision, cited the novel's inventive comic approach to the thorny issues of racial identity and injustice" (New York Times). "A work of genius, a satirical opus on race in 21st-century America" (O, Oprah Magazine), it is "Swiftian satire of the highest order" (Wall Street Journal). Precedes the first English edition. Small remainder mark.
A fine inscribed copy.