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The Scarlet Fig : Or Slowly Through a Land of Stone (edition 2005)
The Scarlet Fig by Avram Davidson
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The Last Manuscript of a Master It began with an accident, as if Fate had a plan for Vergil Magus . . . After his trials in the Very Rich City of Averno but before his crowning achievement of a certain magic mirror, the great sorcerer and alchemist finds himself on a journey nothing short of epic. Sure he is slated for death in Rome, Vergil seeks safety in the far reaches of the Empire--and finds a world teeming with wonders and magical oddities. The "unhistoric" sea adventure is a deft mix of fantastic fact and fable, showcasing the author's keen attention to the often forgotten connections between them."The tale ends with a bang . . . [but Davidson is] far more remarkable as a stylist . . . [He] loves the language, and plays with it . . . spins a narrative thread that twists and turns . . . the result is rhythmic and sonorous." -- Tom Easton, Analog, August 1987 Nominated for the 1987 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
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