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O'BRIEN, Flann.

The Hard Life.

An Exegesis of Squalor.

Published: London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1961

Stock code: 106073

Price: £525

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First edition, first impression, of the great Irishman’s satirical Bildungsroman, his third published novel; it is dedicated to Graham Greene as one “whose own forms of gloom I admire” and has one of the great opening lines in modern literature: “It is not that I half knew my mother. I knew half of her: the lower half…”.

Octavo. Original red boards, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Spine slightly rolled. An exemplary copy in the dust jacket designed by Sean O’Sullivan.

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