New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1990. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's teal cloth over dark teal paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
Australian singer-songwriter Cave's first novel, an ultragothic pastiche of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and the Old Testament, written in Berlin and London during a period of intense heroin use: "as ah lay in harness, supine in mah lonesomeness, and watched with increasing dread as the aching light of day grew subfusc and fraught with the freakish music of the darktime...ah thought that the end of the world had come." Originally published in the UK in 1989. Light soiling to top edge, spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket gently rubbed. Near fine. Item #82