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Ford, Jeffrey.

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ISBN 10: 0380978970 / ISBN 13: 9780380978977
Published by EOS., NY:, 2001
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Ford. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 14928

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Publisher: EOS., NY:

Publication Date: 2001

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Edition: 1st edition.

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Author Jeffrey Ford's World Fantasy Award-winning novel, The Physiognomy, introduced Cley, master of a twisted and terrifying science utilized to keep order in a nightmare city. In the brilliantly audacious Memoranda, the reformed physiognomist embarked on a surreal quest through the mind of the monster who imagined and constructed the dark metropolis. Now the third and final chapter of Cley's strange life journey dispatches him to the inconceivable ends of his world -- and strands him in the perilous heart of a sentient wilderness.The Beyond

One creature still lives in the dust and rubble of Master Drachton Below's destroyed Well-Built City: Misrix, Below's demon "son," refined and civilized by his father's loving curse of humanity. With the comforting aid of Sheer Beauty, the altered being fights his loneliness by recording the adventures of a hunter who wanders with a dog named Wood through a breathtaking wild at the realm's farthest extremities.

Cley is a man who has witnessed miracles, and both he and his world have been changed by them. But remnants of his grim past still haunt the former Physiognomist, First Class. And the old Cley cannot be buried until he meets once more with a woman he gravely disfigured -- who, in turn, served as catalyst to his transformation from man of "science" to folk healer to wilderness hunter -- and she waits in the true village of Wenau in the hidden heart of the Beyond.

The journey promises to be a lengthy and a dangerous one, with astonishing sights and circumstances at every turning. Demons and wraiths inhabit this strange land, feeding on flesh and terror. Each step forward brings Cley inescapable responsibilities as it carries him into the core of legend and deep into a mystery as old as time. For the Beyond has its needs -- and a living consciousness that encompasses all the wonders within its boundaries. And it has important plans for the hunter that require more than he may be able to give.

Misrix follows Cley's progression with eager interest. But the demon himself faces his own trial before those who fear and despise him -- a perilous test of humanity and heart that must inevitably accompany the most treacherous Pursuit of all: friendship.


In Jeffrey Ford's World Fantasy Award-winning, New York Times Notable Book, The Physiognomy, the Physiognomist Cley destroys the Well-Built City and almost destroys the woman he loves. In the sequel, Memoranda, the ex-Physiognomist experiences one of the strangest adventures in all of fantasy fiction when he is forced to literally enter and explore the mad mind of his dying master, the murderous tyrant Drachton Below. Now Cley returns, along with Below's demon son, in The Beyond. The trilogy's concluding volume is slow to start and episodic, but also imaginative, unusual, and intelligent.

Cley wanders both literally and figuratively in the wilderness as he follows the woman he hideously harmed into the Beyond, a mysterious, bizarre, and frightening frontier between worlds. The demon Misrix uses the Physiognomist's powerful drug, sheer beauty, to watch his friend's journey, even as he pursues his own equally dangerous quest, the search for his humanity. --Cynthia Ward

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