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Faulkner, William
Requiem for a nun,

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“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

First edition first printing of Requiem for a nun,
one of Faulkner’s masterpieces.

An attractive pure copy preserved in publisher’s binding with the original dust-jacket, as issued.



Faulkner, William. Requiem for a nun.

Random House, New York, 1951.


12mo of (1) p., 286 pp.

Publisher’s blue cloth, original dust-jacket.


202 x 133 mm.


First edition first printing of one of Faulkner’s masterpieces.


Nancy Mannigoe, a black servant, a former prostitute, has murdered the child of Temple Stevens entrusted to her care. Prison, like a convent, opens the way to redemption.


Albert Camus, who drew from this novel a play in two parts, wrote in foreword to the French translation: ‘Faulkner’s style, with its jerky breath, its interrupted phases, repeated and prolonged repetitions, its implications, its parentheses and its cascades of subordinates, provides us with a modern, and by no means artificial, equivalent of the tragic tirade. It is a style that gasps, the very gasping of suffering”
(Dictionnaire des Œuvres).


“Faulkner rose to the forefront of twentieth-century American literature and asserted himself globally as one of the most imaginative masters of modernism. Exploring from all angles and at all levels of consciousness a South with changing reflections but also a modernity that challenges the values of the human it has largely contributed to extend the dialogical and poetic powers of fiction” (Jacques Potier).


An attractive and pure copy preserved in publisher’s binding in the original dust-jacket.

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