Is Dhalgren even sci-fi or just an epic ode to American fringe society? Pure intimacy rendered as a city that has apocalyptically emptied to the point where few can be total strangers? An overwhelmingly sensual catalogue of physical and mental gestures, captured in the strangest, smallest details? A world marked by double moons, hologram-sporting gangs, and - more than anything - free time? A haven for artistic freedom or a trap built more for stagnation than for flourishing? Dhalgren is absolutely all of these and much more. As an introduction to Samuel Delany - one of the most idiosyncratic literary minds of the late twentieth century, in and out of science fiction - you could do worse than starting with this, his magnum opus, which is by turns as outré as it is tender and as dense as it is hyper-lucid. Even if you never finish it, Dhalgren and the relationships within will be there to color your world for a long time to come.

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ISBN: 9780375706684
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2001

The Dream of My Return is the character portrait of someone superficially very similar to its author, Horacio Castellanos Moya: an El Salvadoran journalist who has fled civil war to live in Mexico. Now he wants to return home at a time of highly questionable safety. It’s worth leaving to the reader the events of his preparation in this short, sharp novella, but they include acupuncture, family secrets, hitmen, hallucinogens, and - above all - the narrator’s all-consuming paranoia surrounding each of these things. Told in fluid and wildly extended sentences that never fail to circle back on themselves in the narrator’s addled efforts to explain and justify himself, Castellanos Moya has crafted an hysterical novel in both senses of the word.

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ISBN: 9780811223430
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Published: New Directions - March 10th, 2015

Early in Iranian political exile Kader Abdolah’s The King, a character introduces the shah of Persia to a secret trove of Indian jewels with the line, “Welcome to history.” It’s a statement whose simplicity and grandeur apply equally to the book itself, which Abdolah relates in the manner of an ancient legend, even as it dramatizes the very real history of nineteenth century Persia. As with his prior novel, a sensation in his adopted country of Holland set amid the Iranian Revolution, Abdolah finds his way into the grey areas of political process and imperial luxury through prose whose light tread accumulates substantial moral force. At the center is an indelible portrait of the young Shah Naser, an anti-hero adrift in a confusing world of inchoate democracy, unreadable colonialists, and awesome, awesome electric lights.

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By Kader Abdolah, Nancy Forest-Flier (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811223737
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Published: New Directions - September 9th, 2014

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By Kader Abdolah, Nancy Forest-Flier (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811224857
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Published: New Directions - October 27th, 2015