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City of Saints and Madmen de Jeff VanderMeer
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City of Saints and Madmen (edição: 2006)

de Jeff VanderMeer (Autor)

Séries: Ambergris (Expanded edition of 1)

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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.… (mais)
Membro:Andjhostet
Título:City of Saints and Madmen
Autores:Jeff VanderMeer (Autor)
Informação:Spectra (2006), Edition: Reprint, 704 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:to-read

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City of Saints and Madmen de Jeff VanderMeer

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    Perdido Street Station de China Miéville (bertilak)
  2. 30
    Viriconium: "The Pastel City", "A Storm of Wings", "In Viriconium", "Viriconium Nights" de M. John Harrison (whiten06)
    whiten06: Viriconium was clearly an inspiration for City of Saints and Madmen.
  3. 20
    The Islanders de Christopher Priest (anglemark)
    anglemark: Eerily similar in style and theme.
  4. 20
    The Drowned Life de Jeffrey Ford (gonzobrarian)
  5. 21
    Finch de Jeff VanderMeer (ParadoxicalRae)
  6. 10
    The Dragon Griaule de Lucius Shepard (Usuário anônimo)
  7. 00
    At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror {4 stories} de H. P. Lovecraft (tetrachromat)
    tetrachromat: Seems likely Vandermeer was inspired by Lovecraft. Both have "subterranean terrors". Tons of other similarities too, though thankfully lacking Lovecraft's racist commentary.
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This 700 page book took me a day and a half to read. The penultimate story in this novel was the last thing I read last night and the first thing I thought about when I woke up this morning. Driving home from errands, I found myself thinking about it again, along with thoughts of David Foster Wallace, and tearing up. This review might take awhile. In the meantime, this book is awesome, and you should probably read it. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
The four stories contained in this book are not only astounding because of their stories, but also because of how they are written. Literary format can be as important as the contents and language of the story itself, and canderMeer's experiments have paid off. Each story is written slightly differently, but each plays with the boundaries of meta-fiction by pairing the main story with a non-fiction sounding frame that emphasizes the sense of madness-inducing reality of the city of Ambergris. I particularly enjoyed that the story of Martin Lake pairs the actual events (presumed) of his life with what an Ambergrisian art historian has interpreted about his life from his paintings. The frame story sounds like a work of non-fiction, but since the speaker cannot know the details of Martin Lake's actual life it becomes a fictionalized account as well, while the main story becomes a work of non-fiction because the reader must presume that this speaker (an omniscient narrator) knows what actually happenned to Martin Lake. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
What the what? ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Sep 2, 2020 |
I would love to say this novel defies description, but it doesn't. :) In fact, thanks to the existence of a number of really quite fabulous works that came after it, some from VanderMeer's own hand, we can now properly place this work in its proper context.

New Weird.

Yeah, yeah, but WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

In this case? I'd call this a tightly interwoven series of stories and faux academic papers surrounding the fictional city of Abergris. Expect strange mushrooms that range from hallucinogenic to graphically horrific to a high-grade fever dream of a Lovecraftian occultist.

And let's not forget the squids. Or the squid cults. Or how we have a large portion of the most respected library in Ambergris devoted to books on the squids that range from naturalists to fairy tales to squid cults to conspiracy theories hinting that some of the most troublesome parts of a few popular squid plays were, in fact, written by a certain cephalopod IN HIS OWN INK.

Sound strange? It isn't. Not really. Each tale is a low-grade fever dream couched heavily in the normal, the regular, the banal. Things only get odd at a slow rate, kinda like being boiled alive and not understanding this fact until it is far too late. Of course, that makes us lobsters. Not squid. My metaphor breaks down.

I was honestly driven to real anxiousness and amorphous horror by many of these related tales. Much like his more well-known works in Area X and Borne, he has a wonderful command of the scientific method, an evocative sense of awe, and a well-developed manner of timing his prose to pack a heavy horror punch.

For those of you who are familiar with the general modern fantasy (often SF) field, the closest writers to this wonderful novel would happen to be Christopher Priest's Dream Archipelago sequence. Alan Moore's Jerusalem is also wonderfully close to it. But I won't fail to add, to a lesser degree, China Mieville. :)

New Weird is a genre-bender in all senses, adding heavy fake academics, amazing depth, horror sensibilities, passion, and a dose of THINGS THAT CAN'T BE RIGHT. But are, of course, in the tale. Most of the time, these aspects flabbergast the characters as much as it does us. It's charming and endlessly diverting. :)

Do I recommend?

Oh, yes. For anyone who likes a solid challenge and doesn't mind having their minds blown. Absolutely. :) ( )
1 vote bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
A book you have to take your time on reading, but one of the more interesting and possibly memorable books I have read in a long time. ( )
  kgladfelder | May 27, 2020 |
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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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