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City of Saints and Madmen: A Novel (The Ambergris Trilogy #1)

City of Saints and Madmen: A Novel (The Ambergris Trilogy #1)

Previous price: $23.00 Current price: $21.00
Publication Date: January 11th, 2022
Publisher:
Picador
ISBN:
9780374538606
Pages:
704
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Staff Reviews

Jeff Vandermeer's maddening, metafictional masterpiece. After finishing the book I am left wondering, am I truly sitting in Eagle Eye Book Shop, tapping out a book review on the computer and thinking about what to make for dinner? Or am I actually in Ambergris, slumped by the banks of the River Moth, scratching out a review for an imaginary book on the lichen coated walls? In a book with this many layers you can't help but lose yourself between them, forgetting where your life ends and the text begins. A book unlike any I have read before.

— Finn

Description

From Jeff VanderMeer, the author of Borne and Annihilation, comes the paperback reissue of his cult classic City of Saints and Madmen. In this reinvention of the literature of the fantastic, you hold in your hands an invitation to a place unlike any you’ve ever visited—an invitation delivered by one of our most audacious and astonishing literary magicians.

City of elegance and squalor. Of religious fervor and wanton lusts. And everywhere, on the walls of courtyards and churches, an incandescent fungus of mysterious and ominous origin. In Ambergris, a would-be suitor discovers that a sunlit street can become a killing ground in the blink of an eye. An artist receives an invitation to a beheading—and finds himself enchanted. And a patient in a mental institution is convinced that he’s made up a city called Ambergris, imagined its every last detail, and that he’s really from a place called Chicago . . .

By turns sensuous and terrifying, filled with exotica and eroticism, this interwoven collection of stories, histories, and “eyewitness” reports invokes a universe within a puzzle box where you can lose—and find—yourself again.

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Hummingbird Salamander, the Borne novels (Borne, The Strange Bird, and Dead Astronauts), and The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), the first volume of which won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. He speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change as well as urban rewilding. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, on the edge of a ravine, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cat, Neo.