Land des Verkäufers
Verlag: Pocket, 1978
Soft cover. Zustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. 2 short novels. First mass-market paperback edition. VG; light overall cover wear; light readers crease. Scarce.
Verlag: Pocket Books, New York, 1978
Softcover. Zustand: Gut. 1. Auflage. Introduction by Theodore Sturgeon. Two short novels/ Soviet science fiction. In a protective plastic case. Some signs of wear and age, particuarly to edges of cover. The spine is slightly slanted and out of shape. The cover artwork and reading pages are still in good condition.
Verlag: Pocket Books, 1978
Mass Market Paperback. Zustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. printed in canada. the binding is too tight and the glue is too old for my taste: crack it open at your own risk!.
Readers Union. Newton Abbot. 1978. First edition, book club. 1978. DW. Pages browned otherwise a clean and fresh copy in wrapper that is worn and rubbed to edges and foxed to rear inside flap. A scarce book to find in hardback.
Verlag: Kangaroo Pocket Books, New York, 1978
Soft cover. Zustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. Extremely scarce edition of Strugatsky novels 'Tale of the Troika' and 'Roadside Picnic'. Owing to their association with the immortal director Andrei Tarkovsky, the Strugatsky brothers are nonetheless at the very pinnacle of Soviet Science Fiction. Their names stand alongside Zamyatin and Yefremov in the great pantheon of the Soviet literature. Page ends are yellowed, and corners of the cover are scuffled. Nonetheless this remains a fantastic piece of history, when the brothers began to find a popular audience outside of the Soviet Union. Roadside Picnic would famously serve as the blueprint for the seminal film Stalker , which in time would spawn an aesthetic category, historical verisimilitudes; the book has been linked with the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster and even the fall of the Soviet Union itself. A piece of history.
Verlag: Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 1977
Hardcover. Zustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First UK edition, First Print. A True First Edition First Printing of the English language version. 'First Printing 1977' to copyright page as called for. A near fine unread copy in a near fine jacket, very small neat name to front end page. light dulling to jacket.
Verlag: Folio Society, London, 2023
Buch Erstausgabe Signiert
Hardcover. Zustand: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Limited to 600 hand-numbered copies. Illustrated and Signed by Dave McKean. Brand new copy. Signed by Author(s).
Verlag: Macmillan, 1977
paperback. Zustand: Good. First Edition. Mild general wear. Pages clean. Binding sound. Mild shelf wear. No DJ.
Verlag: Folio Society, UK, 2023
Buch Erstausgabe Signiert
Hardcover, Slipcased. Zustand: New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: None issued. Dave McKean (illustrator). 1st Edition. Limited edition, number 199 of 600 - Illustrated, signed and remarqued by Dave McKean Introduced by Dave McKean Foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin Afterword by Boris Strugatsky Translated by Olena Bormashenko Featuring the phenomenal work of award-winning illustrator Dave McKean, this Folio edition of Roadside Picnic is a design-led celebration of the Strugatsky Brothers? sci-fi masterpiece, which also includes a fascinating new introduction by the artist. Years after the aliens have been and gone, six landing sites, or Zones, around the world still hold the mysterious remnants of the visitation. These include dangerous but valuable artefacts and, despite the unimaginable terror of these toxic wastelands, stalker Redrick Schuhart feels compelled to keep coming back, his life dominated by the illegal trade in alien products. An unsettling and unforgettable world, the Strugatsky Brothers? mind-bending novel is a hugely influential twist on a ?first-contact? story and was the inspiration for the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker. Every aspect of this remarkable edition radiates the shimmering, strangely compelling qualities of the Zones. Seven colour illustrations by award-winning illustrator Dave McKean visualise the Strugatsky Brothers? masterful storytelling with startling effect, while the binding is blocked in silver and gold foils. Two-colour printing and McKean?s intricately drawn endpapers make this the ultimate collector?s edition for science-fiction aficionados. Signed by Illustrator(s).
Verlag: MacMillan, New York, 1977
Anbieter: TBCL The Book Collector's Library, Montreal, QC, Kanada
Hardcover. First Edition. First Edition. Hardcover. Rarely seen in any condition, this is a rare collectible copy. Certainly the most important of Soviet science-fiction writers are the brothers Strugatsky [Arkady and Boris]. Strugatsky, Arkady and Boris (authors), Theodore Sturgeon (introduction). ROADSIDE PICNIC / TALE OF THE TROIKA. New York: Macmillan, 1977. First Edition in English. First American Edition. 8vo., 245pp. Quarter maroon cloth over blue paper covered boards, stamped silver at the spine. A very fine, fresh example in a very fine bright dust wrapper. A brilliant example of the book which served as the basis for Andrei Tarkovsky's masterful 1979 film, "Stalker," for which the Strugatskys co-wrote the screenplay. Certainly the most important of Soviet science-fiction writers are the brothers Strugatsky [Arkady and Boris] whose popularity extends throughout Europe & America. Their cannon of works illuminates the S-F world & their highlight is Roadside Picnic / Tale of the Troika translated masterfully by Antonina W. Bouis [Russian: Piknik na obochine]. The preface to the first English & First American edition was written by Theodore Sturgeon. ". . . The Strugatskys posit that the Earth experiences a brief visit from extraterrestrials, who leave behind them - well, call it litter, such as might be left by you and me (in one of our less socially conscious moments) after a roadside picnic. The nature of these discards, products of an utterly alien technology, defies most earthly logic, to say nothing of earthly analytical science, and their potential is limitless. Warp these potentials into all-too-human goals - the quest for pure knowledge for its own sake, the search for new devices, new techniques, to achieve new heights in human well-being; the striving for profit, with its associated competitiveness; and the ravenous thirst for new and more terrible weapons - and you have the framework of this amazing short novel. Add the Strugatskys' deft and supple handling of loyalty and greed, of friendship and love, of despair and frustration and loneliness, and you have a truly superb tale, ending most poignantly in what can only be called a blessing. You won't forget it. Tale of a Troika is a very different thing indeed--so different that it might have been written by quite different authors - which is the highest possible tribute to the authors' versatility. How much you like it will depend on your taste for satire and lampoon. It is, in nature, reminiscent of Lem's Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, with (and here I confess to a highly subjective evaluation) one important difference: Lem's approach and style are, in comparison, unleavened, no matter how deeply he plunges into the surrealistic and the absurd. The cumulative effect is Kafkaesque horror. The Strugatsky fury - and it is fury: disgust with hypocrisy, with bureaucratic bumbling, with self-serving, self-saving distortions of logic and of truth and of initially decent human motivations - their fury is laced with laughter, rich with scorn, effervescent with the comic spirit. One has to search back to Alice's tea party to find a scene as mad as the chamber of the Troika; yet, in retrospect, one realizes that one has experienced a profoundly serious work, since every bent line illuminates a straight one, all illogic signifies the purity from which it has departed. A word of appreciation must be extended to Ms. Antonina W. Bouis, the translator of these short novels. Russian I do not know; fiction I do; and I must honor anyone who can so deftly pass emotion, character dimension, even conversational idiom, through so formidable a barrier". - Theodore Sturgeon, San Diego, California 1976. The story was written by the Strugatsky brothers in 1971 (the first outlines written January 18 - 27, 1971 in Leningrad, with the final version completed between October 28 & November 3, 1971 in Komarovo . It was first published in the Avrora literary magazine in 1972, issues 7 - 10. Parts of it were published in the Library of Modern Science Fiction book series, vol. 25, 1973. It was also printed in the newspaper Youth of Estonia in 1977 -1978. Protected in mylar.