Dhalgren
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Dhalgren

by Samuel R. Delany
Release date: 1975
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Nebula Award: Best Novel nominee (1975).

Finally re-released in paperback, this long out-of-print book is one of the most profound and best-selling science fiction novels of all time, critically renowned as one of the greatest works of 20th century American Literature.

Bellona is a city at the dead centre of the United States. Something has happened there... The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Time moves differently for everyone. Two moons appear through the cloud-covered sky. Into this disaster zone comes a young poet, lover and adventurer who is unable to remember his own name. Known only as the Kid, he is emblematic of those who live in the new Bellona – the young, the poor, the mad, the violent, the outcast – the marginalised.

Revolving around a mysterious and intricate layering of puzzles that will keep readers gripped until the end, Dhalgren is controversial, challenging and scandalous, brilliantly tackling serious questions of sex, gender, race, class, art and identity.

updated 2013-01-06

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