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The Physiognomy

Ford, Jeffrey

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ISBN 10: 0380793318 / ISBN 13: 9780380793310
Published by Avon Books, Dresden, Tennessee, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Issued in pictorial wraps ($12.00). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 number line. Signed by the author on the title page. Winner of the World Fantasy Award. Bookseller Inventory # 000174

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Title: The Physiognomy

Publisher: Avon Books, Dresden, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Sent from the Well-Built City to a barren mining town, physiognomist Cley is directed to find the thief who has stolen a supernatural and legendary white fruit that grew in the Earthly Paradise

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In the Well-Built City, Cley is the perfect judge and jury, the infallible arbiter of life and death, for he is trained in the art/science of physiognomy. To the physiognomist, body shape and facial features reveal every aspect of personality, expose every secret, and even predict the future. When Drachton Below, Master of the Well-Built City, sends his premier physiognomist into the primitive outlands to uncover the thief of an unperishing fruit that may grant immortality, Cley discovers love and the truth about physiognomy. His discoveries unleash horrific destruction and plunge him into Hell--and neither he nor the Master can foresee their revolutionary fate of their world.

A New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the 1998 World Fantasy Award, The Physiognomy may be read with equal success as either fantasy or SF, but it does not much resemble the fiction of either genre. This novel's closest relatives are In the Well-Built City, Dante's Divine Comedy, Kafka's black allegories, and Caleb Carr's crime thriller The Alienist. The brilliant and sardonic Physiognomist Cley is SF/F's most entertainingly arrogant narrator since Richard Garfinkle's Celestial Matters. You won't believe that this strange, ambitious, and sui generis work is Jeffrey Ford's first novel. --Cynthia Ward

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