New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Chip Kidd (cover art). First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good/ Near Fine. Illustrated paper boards. Blue and orange endpapers. Head of spine slightly bumped, otherwise pristine. Clean and unmarked. Tight and square binding. Corners sharp. 16 x 24 x 4 cm. 681 pp. / Near Fine. Item #11993
Translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen.
In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby—Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.