City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer

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In City of Saints and Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented 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 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 puzzlebox where you can lose–and find–yourself again.


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About Jeff VanderMeer

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JEFF VANDERMEER is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and a past finalist for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, Stoker, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Spectra. 704 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Lit Reactor

Besźel and Ul Qoma are fictional cities existing ostensibly in our own world in the novel, The City and the City.

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City Of Saints And Madmen collects Vandemeer's stories about Ambergris, an imagined city, which seems to share a postcode with Lanark, Gormenghast, New Corbuzon and Viriconium.

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