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The Book of the Night (1984)

by Rhoda Lerman

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Kalends A.D. 900, The Island of Iona. In a remote monastery on Dun Hi, the monks are caught between the old gods and the new rules of Rome. Beyond the spine of Britain, all is strife, plague, murder and heresy travel the land. A world of imagination in which the 10th Century exists simultaneously with the 20th. ( )
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The Book of the Night is science fiction at its most challenging and allusive. On the island of Iona, where the tenth century co-exists with the twentieth, where the old Celtic gods fight against the rising power of Rome, where science and religion are locked in combat. Celeste, girl-child disguised as a boy, reaches puberty. The awakening of powerful sexual desire pushes her into the chaos that exists behind the apparent order of nature and the created order of human culture.
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