By Samuel R. Delany
In his four-volume sequence go back to Nevèrÿon, Hugo and Nebula award-winner Samuel R. Delany appropriated the conceits of sword-and-sorcery fable to discover his attribute topics of language, energy, gender, and the character of civilization. Wesleyan college Press has reissued the long-unavailable Nevèrÿonvolumes in alternate paperback.
The 11 tales, novellas, and novels in go back to Nevèrÿon's 4 volumes chronicle a long-ago land on civilization's verge of collapse, possibly in Asia or Africa, or perhaps at the Mediterranean. Taken slave in early life, Gorgik earnings his freedom, leads a slave rebellion, and turns into a minister of kingdom, eventually abolishing slavery. paradoxically, besides the fact that, he's sexually aroused by means of the iron slave collars of servitude. Does this contaminate his undertaking -- or accentuate it? most likely elaborated from an historical textual content of unknown geographical foundation, the tales are sunk in translators' and commentators' introductions and appendices, forming a richly comedian body.
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