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Peace

Gene Wolfe

Orb Books

Originally published in 1975, Peace is a spellbinding, brilliant tour de force of the imagination. The melancholy memoir of Alden Dennis Weer, an embittered old man living out his last days in a small midwestern town, the novel reveals a miraculous dimension as the narrative unfolds. For Weer’s imagination has the power to obliterate time and reshape reality, transcending even death itself. Powerfully moving and uncompromisingly honest, Peace ranks alongside the finest literary works of our time.

 

Hailed as “one of the literary giants of SF” by the Denver Post, Gene Wolfe has repeatedly won the field’s highest honors, including the Nebula, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy awards. Peace is Gene Wolfe’s first full-length novel, a work that shows the genius that later flourished in such acclaimed works as The Fifth Head of Cerberus and The Book of The New Sun.

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ALDEN DENNIS WEER 
THE ELM TREE planted by Eleanor Bold, the judge's daughter, fell last night. I was asleep and heard nothing, but from the number of shattered limbs and the size of the trunk there must have been a terrible crashing. I woke--I was sitting up in my bed before the fire--but by the time I was awake there was nothing to hear but the dripping of the melting snow running from the eaves. I remember that my heart pounded and I was afraid I was going to have an attack, and then, fuzzily, thought that perhaps the heart attack had wakened me, and then
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“A tricky, evil, deep, and remarkable novel by one of America’s finest writers.... It is not merely one of my favorite books (although it is certainly that); it is one of a tiny handful of modern novels of which I am in awe.”

—Neil Gaiman, author of SANDMAN

 

“This delicate, insubstantial web of Alden Dennis Weer’s memoirs acquires a solidity and a timelessness which may well make it one of Wolfe’s most remarkable works.”

—SF Site

 

“[Gene Wolfe’s] first fantasy novel, Peace, may be his finest.”

—The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

 

Praise for Gene Wolfe:

“Gene Wolfe is the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced.”

—The Washington Post

 

“Gene Wolfe is unique. If there were forty or fifty of this first-rate author—no, let’s be reasonable and ask Higher Authorities for only four or five—American literature as a whole would be enormously enriched.”

—Chicago Sun-Times

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  • GENE WOLFE is winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and many other awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula. In 2007, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He lives in Barrington, Illinois.

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