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Mariam by Ennio Flaiano (Edward Bawden Dust Jacket)

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Artist(s): Edward Bawden
Author(s): Ennio Flaiano
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1949
Publisher: John Lehmann
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 271

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‘The scene of this remarkable novel is Abyssinia, at the end of Mussolini’s campaign of conquest.  An Italian officer is given four days leave to visit a dentist.  On his way to the town his truck overturns on a hair-pin bend; it is the first of many tricks fate will play on him.  The next is more serious, for he accidently shoots a native women with whom he has had a brief and brutishj affair.  He buries the body and destroys all traces of the murder.  But he is not to escape frpom her so easily.  He takes away from the scene of his act a scratch on his hand which become a sore, cankerous growth.  He is now haunted by his guilt and by fear of disease, for Abyssinia is a country riddled with leprosy…’  Hardback.  First edition.  No highlighting or underlining.  Binding strong.  Pages clean.  Housed in an striking dust-jacket designed by Edward Bawden.  Dust-jacket worn with some small loss to top and tail of spine and corners.   Segment of loss to top edge of dust-wrapper’s front panel.  Some slight foxing to edges.

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