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A young man embarks on a dangerous and difficult quest to uncover the mystery of his origins, a secret hidden by his adoptive parents and lost with their untimely murders. By the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author of the The Last Castle.
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Jack Vance has specialized in science fiction decadence since his first stories in 1950. This novel's decadent world is called Fader, whose inhabitants have only leisure to pursue since they have a genetically engineered slave class to do their hard work. Fader is threatened by many dangers, but the pleasure-seeking inhabitants are paralyzed by lack of will. Vance has developed his own vocabulary, sometimes tricky to decipher, to convey an alien speech, but the meaning of his invented words emerges as the story unfolds.From the Back Cover:
Found as a child with no memory of his past, adopted by a scholarly couple who raised him as their own, Jaro never quite fit into the rigidly defined Society of Thanet. When his foster parents are killed in a mysterious bombing, Jaro Fath sets out to discover the truth of his origins - a quest that will take him across light-years and into the depths of the past.
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