A Novel of Havana.New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 Stock Code: 107936
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For mi compadre at Mile Zero, Dink Bruce. Thomas Sanchez, Key West, 4 May 2003" on the title-page. The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, whose father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") arrived in Key West at the behest of his Arkansas friend Ernest Hemingway in 1935, serving the author in a vague capacity of general fixer for some thirty years. His son "Dink" became a local cult figure in his own right: "Bruce seemed to cross paths with every celebrity who came through Key West. He didn't seek them out; they found him. In Key West, Dink Bruce was royalty" (McKeen, Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West, p. 90).
Octavo. Original maroon boards, yellow backstrip, spine lettered in green, publisher's device to rear board in blind. With the dust jacket.
Publisher's prospectus reproducing dust-jacket design laid in. Spine-ends lightly bumped. An excellent copy in the bright dust jacket.
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