Great Barrington: The Figures, 1983. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First edition of award-winning writer and translator Davis's early collection of quizzical, formally inventive short stories, many of them variations on the theme of people's obdurate inability to understand one another or themselves. "She and her husband are so nervous that throughout their conversation they keep going into the bathroom, closing the door, and using the toilet. Then they come out and light a cigarette. He goes in and urinates and leaves the toilet seat up and she goes in and lowers it and urinates. Toward the end of the afternoon, they stop talking about the divorce and start drinking" (from "Visit to Her Husband"). Crease to upper right corner. Near fine. Item #1049