Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

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This vision of a society trying to come to terms with chaos presents a portrait of a city called Bellona which has suffered a disaster so cataclysmic that the very fabric of the space-time continuum has been distorted.

About Samuel R. Delany

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Samuel R. Delany Jr., celebrated science fiction and short story writer, was born in Harlem, N.Y., in 1942 to Samuel Ray and Margaret Carey. Delany suffered from dyslexia, which was not diagnosed until he attended the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, where he also met his future wife and where he began publishing short stories that won high school literary awards. Delany's first novel, The Jewels of Aptor, was published in 1962. It established the direction his later works would take by exploring the ways in which myth shapes our cultural beliefs. Delany also examines topics such as alternative love and sex relationships, mythic elements in the imagination, issues of communications and community, and the role of the artist in society. Delany has written more than 20 novels and collections of short stories, memoirs, and critical essays. His many awards include the Nebula Award for Best Novel for Babel-17 in 1966 and The Einstein Intersection in 1967, the Hugo Award for best short story, Science Fiction Convention, for "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" in 1970, and the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gay Literature in 1993.
Published January 1, 1975 by Bantam Books. 880 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Ultimately, a study in identity and illusion, Delany’s huge and difficult novel will interest admirers of Ballard, Pynchon, and the like, though one suspects there’s many an unread copy of the original mass market edition floating around.

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