Viriconium : "Pastel City", "Storm of Wings", "In Viriconium", "Viriconium Nights" Paperback
Part of the Fantasy Masterworks series
In Viriconium, the young men whistle to one another all night long as they go about their deadly games.
If you wake suddenly, you might hear footsteps running, or an urgent sigh.
After a minute or two, the whistles move away in the direction of the Tinmarket or the Margarethestrasse.
The next day, some lordling is discovered in the gutter with his throat cut.
Who can tell fantasy from reality, magic from illusion, hero from villain, man from monster ...in Viriconium?
Published here for the first time in one volume, and in the author's preferred order, are all the Viriconium stories, originally published in four books: The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium and Viriconium Nights.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 13/07/2000
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9781857989953
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Review by salimbol
An absolutely intriguing entry in the Fantasy Masterworks series. Complex and subtle, Harrison's narrative has the same shifting layers as his fictional city of Viriconium. The prose is elegant, almost ethereal, but as the subject is basically the decomposing corpse that is the city, there's a pervasive sense of decline and even degradation. In some senses, the narrative style reminds me of Moorcock, but Harrison is much more interested in the dirty underbelly of things; perhaps Mervyn Peake is a better comparison? At any rate, this wasn't an easy or pleasant read, but ultimately it was a very rewarding one.