Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Far from Earth two sister planets, Sainte Anne and Sainte Croix, circle each other. It is said that a race of shapeshifting aliens once lived here, only to become extinct when human colonists arrived. But one man believes they still exist, somewhere out in the wilderness. In The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe brilliantly interweaves three tales: a scientist's son gradual discovery of the bizarre secret of his heritage; a young man's mythic dreamquest for his darker half; the mystifying chronicle of an anthropologist's seemingly-arbitrary imprisonment. Gradually, a mesmerising pattern emerges.
Review: A brothel keeper's sons discuss genocide and plot murder; a young alien wanderer is pursued by his shadow double; and a political prisoner tries to prove his identity, not least to himself. Gene Wolfe's first novel consists of three linked sections, all of them elegant broodings on identity, sameness, and strangeness, and all of them set on the vividly evoked colony worlds of Ste. Croix and Ste. Anne, twin planets delicately poised in mutual orbit.
Marsch, the victim in the third story, is the apparent author of the second and a casual visitor whose naïve questions precipitate tragedy in the first. The sections dance around one another like the planets of their settings. Clones, downloaded personalities inhabiting robots, aliens that perhaps mimicked humans so successfully that they forgot who they were, a French culture adopted by its ruthless oppressors--there are lots of ways to lose yourself, and perhaps the worst is to think that freedom consists of owning other people, that identity is won at the expense of others.
It is easy to be impressed by the intellectual games of Wolfe's stunning book and forget that he is, and always has been, the most intensely moral of SF writers. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk
Title: The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Three Novellas
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Book Condition: VERY GOOD
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2783836055
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96914448
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons June 1972, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible-Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Clean, tight, and unmarked. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket, now protected in clear, archival mylar sleeve. ~Pelican Bay Books is a real, family-owned bookstore perched on the edge of the Salish Sea in Anacortes, Washington since 1992. Customer satisfaction is our first priority and we respond to all inquiries promptly. Books are generally shipped the same or next business day and include tracking. Bookseller Inventory # 102188
Book Description Scribners, NY, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good to Very Good-. First Edition. [1st printing](1972) Author's 1st hardcover (2nd book). "Three linked novellas. . . A Supremely delicate excercise in narrative construction; not easy to follow, but one of the true classics of SF" (Barron; 4-614). Area of soiling along foredge of front dj panel; corners bumped with wear; tanning. Bookseller Inventory # MLA02
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1972. 12mo: VG/VG: White, purple and silver spine with maroon text: DJ is in very good condition with very light general shelfwear, otherwise clean: Boards are strong and clean with shelfwear mainly concentrated at head and tail of spine and corners: Textblock is clean, pages are bright and free of markings, folds and tears: 244 pp. Rockville. Bookseller Inventory # 7-145-1269042
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0684128306
Book Description Charles Scribner, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Nicholas Gaetanio (illustrator). First Edition. Attractive first edition. Book fine with only slight toning to pages edges. Jacket is bright and attractive but with a 2" tear/fold to top edge of rear panel (closed with archival materials but still slightly visible). Jacket in new Brodart protector. 244 pages. Illustrator: Nicholas Gaetanio. ISBN: 0684128306. ISBN/EAN: 9780684128306. Inventory No: 025498. Bookseller Inventory # 025498
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1972. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition, 1st Impression. Price-clipped DJ. Slightly loose boards, otherwise Fine copy in Fine DJ. Dust jacket covered with Brodart 'just-a-fold' 1.5 mil jacket. One of Pringle's 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. Bookseller Inventory # 350480
Book Description Charles Scribner's Sons 1972-06-01, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. 0684128306 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # POTM-0684128306
Book Description NEW YORK NY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS PUB 1972., 1972. F/VG+. # 67 OF DAVID PRINGLE'S "SCIENCE FICTION: THE 100 BEST NOVELS" D.J. HAS SOME LIGHT WEAR AT THE CORNERS AND SPINE-ENDS WITH A SHORT TEAR WITH ASSOCIATED CREASE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT PANEL, AND SOME SCATTERED LIGHT RUB OF THE BEAUTIFUL NICHOLAS GAETANO D.J. FIRST EDITION. Binding is HARDCOVER. Bookseller Inventory # 004254