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The San Veneficio Canon

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Struck by lightning, resurrected, cut open, and stuffed full of arcane

documents, the Divinity Student is sent to the desert city of San Veneficio

to reconstruct the Lost Catalog of Unknown Words. He learns to pick the

brains of corpses and gradually sacrifices his sanity ...

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Overview

Struck by lightning, resurrected, cut open, and stuffed full of arcane

documents, the Divinity Student is sent to the desert city of San Veneficio

to reconstruct the Lost Catalog of Unknown Words. He learns to pick the

brains of corpses and gradually sacrifices his sanity on the altar of a

dubious mission of espionage. Without ever understanding his own reasons, he

moves toward destruction with steely determination. Eventually he find

himself reduced to a walker between worlds - a creature neither of flesh nor

spirit, stuffed with paper and preserved with formaldehyde - a zombie of his

own devising. The line twixt clairvoyance and madness is thinner than a

razor blade.

In 1999, The Divinity Student captured the attention of fans of dark fantasy

everywhere, eventually winning the International Horror Guild Award for best

first novel. Now, The Divinity Student has been paired with its sequel, The

Golem, for a must-have book - The San Veneficio Canon. Michael Cisco has

created a city and a character that will live in the reader's imagination

long after this book has been read...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
San Veneficio, a place where illusion and reality, life and death, creation and decay all merge indistinguishably, provided the perfect backdrop for Cisco's debut Gothic fantasy, The Divinity Student (1999). The surreal city is back in all its charnel splendor in this double-decker compilation, which resurrects not only that novel but the deceased student himself, in a ghoulish sequel, The Golem. Exhumed by body snatchers in the opening chapters, the Divinity Student-an enigmatic searcher for meaning in his symbol-strewn world-patches together a form from corpse parts to serve as a vessel for his still smoldering spirit. The episodic plot tracks this "vibrantly rotten" monster's pursuit of Christine Dalman, a former fianc e with an endless repertoire of magical subterfuges for eluding capture. Cisco's dreamlike narrative resists interpretations outside its own framework of strangeness. Rather, it moves fluidly from one hallucinatory set piece to the next, borne along by his evocative prose and a tide of weird imagery that suits the morbid setting. (Apr. 15) FYI: The Divinity Student won the Best First Novel Award from the International Horror Guild in 2002. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894815680
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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