A Very Private Gentleman

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9780712634281: A Very Private Gentleman

The locals in the Italian village where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr Butterfly. He is a discreet gentleman who spends his time studying rare butterflies. But Farfalla's real profession is deadly. He considers himself an artisan, not for the butterflies he paints but for the guns he creates for assassins. Farfalla has resolved to make his next job his last. Then, perhaps, he can settle down comfortably in the Italian village he has grown to love and enjoy the remainder of his life without constantly looking over his shoulder. But a treacherous circle is closing in on him...

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"Crisp yet lyrical, simple yet intelligent...haunting, shocking, and tense."--Booklist

The locals in the Italian village where he lives call him Signor Farfalla--Mr. Butterfly--for he appears to be a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. But as inconspicuous as Farfalla tries to make himself, his real profession is deadly, unbeknownst to the sometime brothel worker, Clara, with whom he sleeps.
Of a certain age, and as his feelings for Clara intensify, Farfalla has resolved to make his next job his last--all the while sensing a treacherous circle closing in on him.

Martin Booth, novelist, critic, biographer, children's author and social historian, died this year in Devon, England. His novel Islands of Silence was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

About the Author:

Martin Booth, novelist, critic, biographer, children's author and social historian, died of a brain tumor in 2004. Shortly after diagnosis, he began to write his acclaimed memoir of his childhood in Hong Kong, Gweilo which he completed shortly before his death. Amongst his acclaimed novels were Hiroshima Joe, based on the life of a real down-and-out Briton who had survived the Nagasaki atomic raid, The Industry of Souls, which was short-listed for the Booker prize, and A Very Private Gentleman, which has now been filmed as The American, starring George Clooney.

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ISBN 10: 0712634282 ISBN 13: 9780712634281
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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Used; Good. *Century, broché, 1991* Couverture protégée par jaquette illustrée. Papier jauni. Tampon sur page de garde. Intérieur en bon état, 278 pages. Ref: PAG-B154. Codice libro della libreria 69168E24C6E9

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Descrizione libro Century, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Cover illustration by Bruce Bond (illustratore). 1st Edition. "First published in Great Britain in 1991 by / Random Century Group." But this ia an ex-library copy, with a single library stamping ("Sefton Library Services") to title page, and the front free endpaper torn out and thrown away. Most of the value here presumably lies in the undamaged dust wrapper, which we reduce from "near fine" to "very good" only because it's moderately sun-faded to spine, as usual with this issue. (The orange-pink ink fades faster, giving the spine a more bluish hue, though red lettering still clear). Internal pages moderately age-toned to edges, as usual. Spine rolled about 1/8th inch. No mention of the somewhat heavy-handed film adaptation ("The American," with George Clooney, 2010) in this true first, of course. Not price clipped; original price of L13.99 net showing. A nice book about a craftsman, a young woman, and an assassin, though a bit bittersweet, of course. (PLEASE NOTE: Although we find it exasperating to repeat ourselves, we are now encountering post-literate would-be customers who don't seem able to comprehend this standard formulation. So: By stating "Most of the value here lies in the dust jacket," we mean this jacket might considerably enhance the value of a better-condition, jacketless copy, but that -- absent the jacket -- this ex-library book itself is not worth much. So please don't order this ex-library book and then -- ignoring the value of the jacket -- complain "The book isn't worth much because it's ex-library." Isn't that what we just said? If necessary, please have an adult native English speaker read this description and explain it to you, with whatever hand gestures and grunting noises seem appropriate.) 278 pp. Codice libro della libreria 005192

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Booth, Martin
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Descrizione libro Century, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. Cover illustration by Bruce Bond (illustratore). 1st Edition. "First published in Great Britain in 1991 by / Random Century Group." Will close its own boards and text block, but top of jacket spine has been damp, causing some transfer of blue ink from the boards to top of jacket spine (visible to verso only.) And front board wants to stand open by about 1/2-inch. Thus, "very-good in a good" dust jacket which is also moderately sun-faded to spine, as usual. No mention of the somewhat heavy-handed film adaptation ("The American," with George Clooney, 2010) in this true first, of course. Not price clipped; original price of L13.99 net showing. A nice book about a craftsman, a young woman, and an assassin, though a tad bittersweet. 278 pp. Codice libro della libreria 006235

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Descrizione libro Century, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Cover illustration by Bruce Bond (illustratore). 1st Edition. "First published in Great Britain in 1991 by / Random Century Group." Will close its own boards and text block. No mention of the somewhat heavy-handed film adaptation ("The American," with George Clooney, 2010) in this true first, of course. Not price clipped; original price of L13.99 net showing, though an additional discounted price tag of BL3.99 has been affixed to front flap, and that lower price then lined out in purple ink. Jacket spine moderately sun-faded, as usual. There are also some fine scratches to jacket rear panel on this copy, visible when turned to the light. A nice book about a craftsman, a young woman, and an assassin, though a tad bittersweet. 278 pp. Codice libro della libreria 005219

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Descrizione libro Century, London Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. Cover illustration by Bruce Bond (illustratore). 1st Edition. "First published in Great Britain in 1991 by / Random Century Group." Will close its own boards and text block. No mention of the somewhat heavy-handed film adaptation ("The American," with George Clooney, 2010) in this true first, of course. Book will close its own boards and text block, though page edges are age-darkened, as usual. Not price clipped; original price of L13.99 net showing. (Previous owner has written his name in ink next to said price.) This copy unusual in that the jacket spine is NOT sun-faded. A nice book about a craftsman, a young woman, and an assassin, though a tad bittersweet. 278 pp. Codice libro della libreria 005480

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Editore: London; Century; (1990)
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Descrizione libro London; Century;, 1990. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. 8vo. Hardback. First edition. 278pp. Basis for the George Clooney film 'The American' in 2010. Slightly tanning on top page edges, otherwise a Fine copy with no inscriptions, in a Fine+ unfaded and unclipped dustwrapper. Codice libro della libreria 36587

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Descrizione libro Century, 1991. Condizione libro: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP76792718

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