LIFE IS ELSEWHERE, by Milan Kundera - 1974 [Signed 1st edition/DJ]


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Life is Elsewhere

A Novel

by Milan Kundera

translated from Czech by Peter Kussi


First edition, signed by the author.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1974 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition, with a VERY GOOD DJ under Mylar.

  • Tan cloth covers with blind stamped title are mostly clean.  Boards show a little edgewear.  Corners are sharp. 
  • Spine has gilt text and is bright with softened ends.
  • Binding is strong. 
  • End papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Signed and inscribed, with cartoon, to Burt Britton 1979, on half-title page.  See photos.
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore edges.  
  • Pictorial DJ looks great behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Close examination of DJ reveals light edgewear including possible bumps, rubbing, and/or tiny closed tears.
  • PS2024.0704

289 pages. 5 5/8 x 8 3/8 inches

ISBN: 0-394-48010-4

A very good plus signed copy, with very good dust jacket. This is the first American edition of the second novel written by Milan Kundera (1929-2023), Czech-French author of novels and stories.  Published simultaneously with a collection of his stories, Life is Elsewhere appeared first in a French edition, then the American.  There was no Czech edition, as Kundera's political satire was too sharp for the Communist regime.

An interesting association copy.  The inscription is to Burt Britton, 1979, and includes a cartoon self-portrait of Kundera.  Burt Britton (d. 2018) was a New York book seller and reader known for his collection of self-portraits of writers, artists, and musicians, which became a book published in 1976.

First edition.  Signed and inscribed on the half-title page.  Dust jacket illustration by Frank A. Fitzgerald. 

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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