Shadow and Claw The First Half of the Book of the New Sun

ISBN-10: 0312890176

ISBN-13: 9780312890179

Edition: 5th 1981 (Revised)

Authors: Gene Wolfe
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Description: The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly, and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Shadow & Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume: The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession -- showing mercy toward his victim. Ursula K. Le Guin said, "Magic stuff . . . a masterpiece . . . the best science fiction I've read in years!" The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny. "Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced [is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun."--Chicago Sun-Times "The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping."--The New York Times Book Review

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Publication date: 10/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe was born on May 7, 1931. He dropped out of Texas A&M University during his junior year and was drafted to fight in the Korean War. After the war, he received a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer. He edited the engineering review Plant Engineering for years before retiring to become a full-time writer. His best-known work is the multi-volume novel The Book of the New Sun. He has won the Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award four times, and the Nebula Award and the World Fantasty Award two times each. In 1996, he was given the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He currently lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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