Cobra and Maitreya. Severo Sarduy, James McCourt, Suzanne Jill Levine, Richard Howard, introduction, provenance.

Cobra and Maitreya

Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated stiff paper wraps.

First omnibus edition of groundbreaking Cuban-born author Severo Sarduy’s best known novels in English translation, publisher's presentation copy. Although he did not achieve the same level of notoriety as other Latin American "Boom" writers while alive, Sarduy has since been recognized as one of the most groundbreaking prose artists of the 20th century. Pairing the novels Cobra (1972) and Maitreya (1970), this volume encapsulates the author’s innovative, avant-garde style and audacious depictions of taboo subjects as aspects of everyday life. Introduction by queer writer and novelist James McCourt; translated from the original Spanish by American poet and translator of Latin American fiction Suzanne Jill Levine. From the library of Pulitzer prize-winning poet and translator Richard Howard: laid in is a signed card from publisher Dalkey Archive's managing editor Steven Moore, thanking Howard for his blurb of Sarduy's book, which appears printed on the first page. Dalkey, a bastion for lesser known experimental fiction, has long been a major force in the world of American small presses. Fine. Item #4061