Veniss Underground

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Bantam Books, 2005 - Fiction - 278 pages
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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 underground–but 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 Nicola’s sudden, mysterious disappearance and gripped by despair, Shadrach, Nicola’s 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 Balzac’s War, offering a complete tour of the fantastic world of Veniss.

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User Review  - kinsey_m - LibraryThing

From the more or less normal top world to the increasingly weird subterranean levels, this book sends you on a trip to deeply surreal el bosco-type world. Although some parts work better than others ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Pagan-Szary - Goodreads

Pending a Review: Memories Are Made of This This memory Has been Separated From me. I've documented it, Here, In writing. Now it exists, It's alive, Somehow, Apart from me. It doesn't need me. One day ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of two short story collections, City of Saints and Madmen and A Secret Life, and one novel, VENISS UNDERGROUND. He has also edited anthologies Leviathan 1, 2, and 3, and is the co-editor of The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. He is a World Fantasy Award winner and Philip K. Dick award finalist.

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