Veniss Underground

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Bantam Books, 2005 - Fiction - 278 pages
56 Reviews
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  - Evan MacNeil - Goodreads

At the risk of sounding pompous, I've always appreciated experimental art (within reason, of course; even I wouldn't defend Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music), and VanderMeer manages to find that ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Very original, vibrant and disturbing world. VenderMeer's writing style is incredibly illustrative, such that my mind easily and vividly projected the macabre and unsettling world he created as I read ... Read full review

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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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