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Veniss Underground

by Jeff Vandermeer

ISBN 0553383566 / 9780553383560 / 0-553-38356-6
Publisher Spectra
Language English
Edition Softcover
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In his debut novel, literary alchemist Jeff VanderMeer takes us on an unforgettable journey, a triumph of the imagination that reveals the magical and mysterious city of Veniss through three intertwined voices. First, Nicholas, a would-be Living Artist, seeks to escape his demons in the shadowy undergroundbut in doing so makes a deal with the devil himself. In her fevered search for him, his twin sister, Nicola, spins her own unusual and hypnotic tale as she discovers the hidden secrets of the city. And finally, haunted by Nicolas sudden, mysterious disappearance and gripped by despair, Shadrach, Nicolas lover, embarks on a mythic journey to the nightmarish levels deep beneath the surface of the city to bring his love back to light. There he will find wonders beyond imagining&and horrors greater than the heart can bear.

By turns beautiful, horrifying, delicate, and powerful, Veniss Underground explores the limits of love, memory, and obsession in a landscape that defies the boundaries of the imagination. This special edition includes the short stories The Sea, Mendeho, and Moonlight; Detectives and Cadavers; and A Heart for Lucretia and the novella Balzacs War, offering a complete tour of the fantastic world of Veniss. [via]