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First Edition. Near Fine in an exceptionally colorful, Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket shows none of the usual fading to the spine panel, only the lightest fray at the spine ends. A superior copy of this Stapledon high spot. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Sirius: A Fantasy of Love and Discord (First...
Editorial: Secker and Warburg
Año de publicación: 1944
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Secker & Warburg, London, 1944. Full Cloth. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Poor. First Edition. FIRST EDITION, first printing. Full tan cloth binding with dark brown lettering on the spine. Dust Jacket is not price-clipped but it has been reinforced in the back is is crinkled and there is a large inch chip missing from the bottom of the spine and another from the top left of the front panel, small to medium size closed tears at edges. Interior of the book is neat and clean. 200 pages. Sirius is a 1944 science fiction novel by the British author Olaf Stapledon. The premise of the novel is not unusual: scientist Thomas Trelone creates a super-intelligent dog, named Sirius. Yet a sense of existential questioning suffuses the book, as the author delves into every aspect of Sirius's psyche. Both the author and his characters go to great lengths to prevent Sirius from becoming a circus-type wonderdog, and instead seek to develop Sirius's character much like an author and a family would create and foster that of a human child. The novel describes the dilemmas and problems faced by Sirius, an intelligent dog created by the English scientist Trelone and raised in North Wales, near Trawsfynydd. Sirius is born at the same time as Trelone's human daughter Plaxy, and the two of them are raised together as brother and sister. The intelligence of the dog is comparable to normal human beings and he is able to communicate with words, although it takes some time to understand his pronunciation. Mostly, Sirius is working as a sophisticated sheep-dog and teacher of other dogs, while he is also interested in religious and philosophical topics. The crucial and final part of the story is that Plaxy starts a sexual relationship with Sirius. Only her future husband, who is the narrator of the story, seems to be tolerant enough to accept Plaxy as she is. To some extent she is becoming jealous, when Sirius is breeding with female dogs of the same intelligent dog race, and some time later she is making love to her human friend. Finally, the most intolerant farmers of the rural community in Wales kill Sirius, whom they consider as a woman seducing devil. But they cannot kill the memory, love, and respect of the surviving couple. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hardcover. Nº de ref. de la librería 007451