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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; (Reissue) edition (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006178049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006178040
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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‘Moves with tidal force and power’
- William S Burroughs

‘The tears of blood and nightmare imagery are passionate and ingenious… Imajica is a ride with remarkable views’
- Times Literary Supplement

‘Barker’s fecundity of invention is beyond praise. In a world of hard-bitten horror and originality, Clive Barker dislocates your mind’
- Mail on Sunday

‘A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination… Clive Barker is an outstanding storyteller’
- J G Ballard

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A BOOK OF REVELATIONS. AN EPIC JOURNEY.

The imajica – five dominions, four reconciled. The fifth is Earth, cut off, living ignorant on the edge of a sea of possibilities, mystery and magic. Only a few know of the Imajica, and of the coming day when the Earth will be reunited with the other Dominions. And they are both terrified and in awe of the prospect.

The moment of reconciliation is now approaching. For Gentle, Judith and Pie’oh’pah it is a time of reckoning and revelation. They are driven to travel the path towards the City of the Unbeheld. It is their destiny, whatever horrors or wonders that may hold.

“He is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the farthest reaches of the imagination.”
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

'”Imajica' is a ride with remarkable views”
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“Even greater in size and scope than 'Weaveworld'…erotic, apocalyptic, often horrifying, 'Imajica,' is beautifully written, a marvellous feat of imagination.”
CITY LIMITS

“A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination…Clive Barker is an outstanding storyteller”
J G BALLARD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Williams on 3 Feb 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read this book several times over the past few years.It is an excellent novel.I recently purchased the novel in a Kindle edition. I would not recommend the Kindle version to new readers because it contains a number of spelling mistakes.In many cases where a word begins with the letters cl the Kindle edition shows the word as starting with the letter d.For example clear is shown as dear.There are words spelt in block capitals which I presume were meant to be corrected before publication in Kindle.There are words that are plainly not in the original paperback book.I have purchased several books in Kindle and intend to used this method in future because I think it is the best way to purchase books. If I were Clive Barker I would ask Amazon to check the book and reissue it .
Anyone buying the book in paperback should check that it contains both parts of the Imajica.The book has been published in two parts in the past.
The book is excellent but buy it in paperback in an edition with at least eleven hundred pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By neilpbanwell@blueyonder.co.uk on 19 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
This is frankly the best book i have read for many years,worlds collapse leaders are unthroned and all for one purpose...to join the dominions.follow your heart and let your mind do the rest ...this is pure fantasy.Like all Barker classics there is always a nagging at the back of your mind telling you that this could be real even tough it should be impossible.If you enjoy being in that part of your mind that is normally off limits then give a month of your life to Clive Barker's "Imajica"truly breathtaking
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
I once read someone's 'droll' comment that this book is so bad that they, due to its admittedly intimidating physical presence, reincarnated it as a doorstop. Whoever made this comment has clearly missed the point. Imajica isn't a conventional novel, with a streamline plot. What Barker has done here is more complex than that. He has provided us with an experience, not a novel. He writes with such unalloyed enthusiasm that a few syllables bring his worlds to life. Worlds that demand coming back to again and again to look at in a different light. Do not take my word for it, though. Buy this book, a masterpiece awaits.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 20 May 2004
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Is this book a rewriting or a perversion of the Gospels and the Book of Revelation ? Both and neither. The story itself, the plot if you want, is beyond any telling, summarizing or even sketching. It is extremely complex and difficult - at times - to follow. Not too many notes like in Mozart, but too many characters. As a rewriting of the New Testament, a Reconciler (a Christ) has to reconcile and regenerate the five Dominions of the Universe, Imajica, creating love and prosperity. But the male God has to be destroyed - since he is an imposter - to enable the three female Goddesses he had crushed down to take over and give life a chance. He also has to be killed to open the final door for spirits situated in the first layer of this universe. The male God is a tyrant. It is his son that has to go through the process of getting him destroyed and regenerating the alpha to open the omega. This vision is entirely dominated by the female principle : three Goddesses take over ; the God's son's mother who was rapterously raped by this God is the tool used to destroy him ; this universe is composed of five dominions that are building a circle, with a sixth one for the dead that is inside this circle. This book is also a beautiful symphony of words, images, situations and symbols dedicated to love, particularly love between beings who are not supposed - by standard ethics - to love each other : homosexuals ; individuals from radically different species ; love for the destroyer and hate for the Saviour ; and yet love for the Saviour and hate for the destroyer. Love is hate and hate is love. This is achieved page after page. Any love is hate and any hate is love.Read more ›
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Siggy on 2 Jun 2006
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I first read Clive Barker in 1994, starting with the novel 'The great and secret show'. That was extremely enjoyable and gave me a taste for what is certainly my most read, most enjoyed, and thought provoking book in my collection. Believe me when I say that you will never, ever read another book that comes close to this for portraying the myriad of human failures, triumphs and weaknesses.

Do yourself a favour and lose yourself in this book.......you will not be able to put it down.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Willis on 9 Oct 2001
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Being a goddess isn't always what it's cracked up to be and Barker always manages to put that across to those of us who aspire. I found Imajica stuffed away in my mother's bookshelf and promptly fell in love with a whole new side of Barker's talents from his movie making. Unlike any of his other books, Imajica takes one from ecstasy to agony, fom mediocrity to sublimity, from laughter to tears and back again. Having had to buy multiple copies of this book through over-use and constant dropping in the bath or dragging through hedges backwards, I reccommend that you get a good sturdy copy of it because you will almost certainly read it again. It's hefty and it's long, but it's the most beautiful ride I know of.
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