Dog Soldiers - SIGNED - Robert Stone 1974 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition ‘…a dark descendent of Conrad’s and Hemingway’s adventure stories…a tale of Vietnam and California…’ – The New York Times

Fine copy of the first edition, signed by Robert Stone on title page.

A narrative meditation on American counterculture, Stone’s novel follows confused and traumatised Vietnam War correspondent John Converse as he attempts to smuggle three kilos of heroin back to California, embroiling his wife, Marge, and ex-Marine corps friend Hicks in the process, only to watch his dangerous plan violently unravel.
  Winner of the National Book Award, and named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best English-language novels since 1923.

The novel was adapted for the screen in 1978 as
Who’ll Stop the Rain, and starred Nick Nolte.

American novelist Robert Stone was born in 1937, in Brooklyn, New York. Much of his work can be characterised by political and social turbulence, dark humour, and the exotic landscapes in which the action takes place; he also acknowledges having been influenced by fellow writer Ken Kesey and his gang of Merry Pranksters, despite not being a passenger on that infamous bus trip to New York in 1964. In 1971, he travelled to Vietnam as a correspondent for an obscure British journal called
Ink, an experience which no doubt inspired his second novel, Dog Soldiers.

References: Locke, ‘
Dog Soldiers’ The New York Times 1974. Stone, Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties 2007. Robert Stone papers 1950-1992, The New York Public Library, web. Lacayo, ‘All-Time 100 Novels’ Time 2005.
8vo. pp. [10] 342.
  Condition: Fine, in near fine unclipped dust jacket, hint of wear to spine tail, touch of rubbing to panels.   Ref: 106903   Price: HK$ 2,000