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A Novel

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August 21, 2012 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.3, 224 Pages | ISBN 9781619020559
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"A small gem, a lean, sinewy book that evokes a full and complex world of bitterness, striving and recklessness." —New York Times

The lives of officers in an Air Force squadron in occupied Europe encompass the contradictions of military experience and the men’s response to a young newcomer, bright and ambitious, whose fate is to be an emblem of their own. In Cassada, James Salter captures the strange comradeship of loneliness, trust, and alienation among military men ready to sacrifice all in the name of duty and pride.

After futile attempts at ordinary revision, Salter elected to begin with a blank page, to compose an entirely new novel based upon the characters and events of his second long unavailable novel, The Arm of Flesh. The result, Cassada, is a masterpiece.

About James Salter

JAMES SALTER grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel (The Hunters, 1957) led to a fulltime writing career. He is the author of several other novels, including The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, and Light Years, as well as a memoir, Burning the Days. His collection of short fiction Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.


“A small gem, a lean, sinewy book that evokes a full and complex world of bitterness, striving and recklessness.” —New York Times

“It isn’t often that a writer of superlative skills knows enough about flying to write well about it; Saint-Exupery was one; Salter is another.” —New York Times Book Review

“Salter is the contemporary writer most admired and envied by other writers… He can, when he wants, break you heart with a sentence.” —Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

Cassada is a masterpiece, a book in which men wage an elemental battle for survival against invisible forces.” —Mark Levine, Men’s Journal

“The grace and brutality of his writing make him one of our best and most central novelists.” —Los Angeles Times

“Brilliant. Sentence for sentence Salter is the master.” —Richard Ford, author of Let Me Be Frank With You

“Salter is a writer who particularly rewards those for whom reading is an intense pleasure.” —Susan Sontag, author of Illness as Metaphor

“Salter’s prose is rare and stunning.” —John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules

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