New York: Pantheon Books, 2005. Soft Cover. Very Good+ binding. Item #6357
Octavo. , 262,  pp. Advance reading copy; American edition. Trade paperback, as issued. A fairly nice copy with only light shelfwear and a bit of curling to the front cover; contents clean. Blank postpaid Pantheon reply card is laid in. Winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in literature, Gurnah was selected "for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents" (Nobel Prize website). Desertion was one of trio of novels that Felicity Hand in her article, "Becoming Foreign," argues explores "the alienation and loneliness that emigration can produce and the soul-searching questions it gives rise to about fragmented identities and the very meaning of 'home'." p. 38. Hand, Felicity. "Becoming Foreign: Tropes of Migrant Identity in Three Novels by Abdulrazak Gurnah." Metaphor and Diaspora in Contemporary Writing (2012). 39-58. Collectible editions of Gurnah's work are scarce in the wake of his Nobel Prize.