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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison's sublime fantasy is back in print � at last, 23 Aug. 2000
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This review is from: Viriconium: "Pastel City", "Storm of Wings", "In Viriconium", "Viriconium Nights" (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
I have spent the last ten years desperately scouring second-hand bookstores for a copy of In Viriconium. While the first two novels in this volume initially seem to be little than above standard Moorcock, it is the third novel In Viriconium which completely and equivocably establishes Harrison's status as fantastist par excellence. A sublime and grotesque sensibility coupled with a deep and humane insight into matters of the heart. These themes are carried through in his later works like Climbers and Signs of Life. M. John Harrison is one of fantasy's supreme stylists, his language is elegaic and full of phrases that insinuate themselves in your mind like half-remembered dreams. He has achieved for fantasy in serious literature what J.G. Ballard achieved for science fiction: proof that writers of genuine merit and talent can begin in what seems like generic ghettos of fiction and create works whose depth and power is as important as any A.S. Byatt or Kazuo Ishiguro.
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