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The Fixed Stars: Thirty-Seven Emblems for the Perilous Season (Paperback)
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The Fixed Stars: Thirty-Seven Emblems for the Perilous Season (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 30/10/2009
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A fable-like tale of a small community afflicted by a mysterious plague Juxtaposing barbarity and whimsy, Brian Conn's The Fixed Stars is a novel that has the tenor of a contemporary fable with nearly the same dreamlike logic. At the novel's heart are the John's Day celebration and the interactions of a small community dealing with a mystery disease. Routinely citizens are quarantined and then reintegrated into society in rituals marked by a haunting brutality. The infected and the healthy alike are quarantined. In a culture that has retreated from urbanism into a more pastoral society, the woman who nurtures spiders and the man who spins hemp exist alongside the mass acceptance of sexual promiscuity. Conn delivers a compelling portrait of a calamitous era, one tormented by pestilence, disease, violence, and post-late capitalism. An unflinching look at a world impossible to situate in time, The Fixed Stars is mythic and darkly magical.

Publisher: Fiction Collective Two
ISBN: 9781573661539
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 20 mm


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"With bits of machinery culled from post-apocalyptic science fiction, gothic horror, and ancient myth and ritual, Brian Conn has built a beguiling puzzle box of a novel. "The Fixed Stars" is a thorny, disjunctive fable that unfolds like a nightblooming flower. This is strange, intoxicating stuff."--Jedediah Berry, author of "The Manual of Detection"


With bits of machinery culled from post-apocalyptic science fiction, gothic horror, and ancient myth and ritual, Brian Conn has built a beguiling puzzle box of a novel. "The Fixed Stars" is a thorny, disjunctive fable that unfolds like a nightblooming flower. This is strange, intoxicating stuff. Jedediah Berry, author of "The Manual of Detection"

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Brian Conn s wonderfully perilous crossbreeding of Science Fiction and innovative prose reads like what might result if Dhalgren and A Canticle for Leibowitz engaged in salacious acts with The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Fixed Stars is a funny, absurd, and beatifically strange book, one in which you simultaneously have the feeling that not one word is out of place and that everything that language brings to us opens onto a void. The Fixed Stars is the future of the future, and it is a truly outstanding debut. Brian Evenson, author of The Wavering Knife and Altmann's Tongue"
With bits of machinery culled from post-apocalyptic science fiction, gothic horror, and ancient myth and ritual, Brian Conn has built a beguiling puzzle box of a novel. The Fixed Stars is a thorny, disjunctive fable that unfolds like a nightblooming flower. This is strange, intoxicating stuff. Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection

"
"Brian Conn's wonderfully perilous crossbreeding of Science Fiction and innovative prose reads like what might result if Dhalgren and A Canticle for Leibowitz engaged in salacious acts with The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Fixed Stars is a funny, absurd, and beatifically strange book, one in which you simultaneously have the feeling that not one word is out of place and that everything that language brings to us opens onto a void. The Fixed Stars is the future of the future, and it is a truly outstanding debut."--Brian Evenson, author of The Wavering Knife and Altmann's Tongue
"With bits of machinery culled from post-apocalyptic science fiction, gothic horror, and ancient myth and ritual, Brian Conn has built a beguiling puzzle box of a novel. The Fixed Stars is a thorny, disjunctive fable that unfolds like a nightblooming flower. This is strange, intoxicating stuff."--Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection


"With bits of machinery culled from post-apocalyptic science fiction, gothic horror, and ancient myth and ritual, Brian Conn has built a beguiling puzzle box of a novel. The Fixed Stars is a thorny, disjunctive fable that unfolds like a nightblooming flower. This is strange, intoxicating stuff."--Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection

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