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Author 'unhappy' signing faulty book

Shane Hickey and Edel Coffey

Published 04/10/2010 | 05:00

Author Jonathan Franzen. Photo: Getty Images
Author Jonathan Franzen. Photo: Getty Images

ONE of the world's leading authors told Irish readers of his new book to rip out the title page if they wanted the work signed.

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Jonathan Franzen, whose work 'Freedom' has just been released to critical acclaim, said he would sign faulty copies of the book that are on the Irish market but would be unhappy about doing so.

Some 80,000 editions of the book, the author's first in nine years, have mistakes in them following a printing error, forcing a recall by the publishers.

"So if you haven't read the book, what I would like to do is tear out the title page, I would be happy to sign that," Franzen told an audience in Dublin at the weekend.

"Exchange the book for the right one which will be available by Monday, Tuesday at the latest and read that one instead. If you have already read the book, I will sign it but actually not happily."

Franzen is the author of 'The Corrections', a 2001 work which sold three million copies, and has been hailed as one of the great American novelists of his generation.

Irish Independent

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