Title: Ada. Or Ardor: A Family Chronicle.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London
Publication Date: 1969
Edition: First Printing of the First UK Edition
A Very Good plus copy in a Very Good, unclipped dust jacket with a closed tear to the front panel and edgewear to the spine. Ada tells the life story of a man named Van Veen, and his lifelong love affair with his sister Ada. They meet when she is eleven (soon to be twelve) and he is fourteen, believing that they are cousins (more precisely: that their fathers are cousins and that their mothers are sisters), and begin a sexual affair. They later discover that Van's father is also Ada's and her mother is also his. The story follows the various interruptions and resumptions of their affair. Both are wealthy, educated, and intelligent. Van goes on to become a world-renowned psychologist, and the book itself takes the form of his memoirs, written when he is in his nineties, punctuated with his own and Ada's marginal notes, and in parts with notes by an unnamed editor, suggesting the manuscript is not complete. Noted scholar Alfred Appel called Ada "a great work of art, a necessary book, radiant and rapturous" and said that it "provides further evidence that he is a peer of Kafka, Proust and Joyce".[. Bookseller Inventory # 23960
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