City of Saints and Madmen
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City of Saints and Madmen

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From the author of Annihilation, now a major motion picture on Netflix.

From Jeff VanderMeer, an author praised by writers such as Laren Beukes, China Mieville and Michael Moorcock, City of Saints and Madmen is by turns sensuous and terrifying. This collection of four linked novellas is the perfect introduction to VanderMeer's vividly imagined world.

In the city of Ambergris, a would-be suitor discovers 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 imagined a city called Ambergris, invented its every last detail, and that he's really from a place called Chicago. Ambergris is a cruelly beautiful metropolis - a haven for artists and thieves, for composers and murderers. And once there, anything can happen.

These tales of Ambergris include the World Fantasy Award-winning novella, The Transformation of Martin Lake.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 134 x 197 x 44mm | 480g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New Edition
  • 1509848150
  • 9781509848157
  • 13,017

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Beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work . . . enormously rewarding * Publishers Weekly * VanderMeer keeps going deeper, and finding new forms of gold * Locus * This is fiction to stand alongside that of Calvino and Borges * Guardian * Unsettling, erudite, dark ... Ambergris is one of my favourite haunts in fiction * China Mieville *
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About Jeff Vandermeer

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and multiple year's best anthologies. He writes non-fiction for the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife. His other novels include Annihilation and the Southern Reach trilogy.
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4,619 ratings
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