#1 in series

City of Saints and Madmen

Book 1 in the series

3.84 based on 3686 ratings & 306 reviews on Goodreads.com
Pan

Publication date: 08.05.2014
ISBN: 9781509848157
Number of pages: 704

Synopsis

City of elegance and squalor. Of religious fervour and wanton lusts. And everywhere, on the walls of courtyards and churches, an incandescent fungus of mysterious and ominous origin. In Ambergris, a would-be suitor discovers that a sunlit street can become a killing ground in the blink of an eye. An artist receives an invitation to a beheading - and finds himself enchanted. And a patient in a mental institution is convinced he's made up a city called Ambergris, imagined its every last detail, and that he's really from a place called Chicago.

Ambergris is a cruelly beautiful metropolis -- a haven for artists and thieves, for composers and murderers. And once there, anything can happen.

Jeff VanderMeer has been praised by authors such as Lauren Beukes, Richard Morgan, Michael Moorcock and more. By turns sensuous and terrifying, this collection of four linked novellas is the perfect introduction to VanderMeer’s vividly imagined worlds.

In the media

Unsettling, erudite, dark ... Ambergris is one of my favourite haunts in fiction
China Miéville

VanderMeer keeps going deeper, and finding new forms of gold

Locus
Beautifully written, virtually hallucinatory work . . . enormously rewarding
Publishers Weekly