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The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One (Prester John Trilogy) (CD)

By: Catherynne Valente (Author)



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A monk, Hiob of Luzern, traveling through the East on a mission of conversion, comes upon a miraculous tree whose fruits are books. One of the natives tells him that the book tree is the last remnant of the Kingdom of Prester John. The body of the novel switches between volumes on the tree as he studies and copies them. Prester John is a deeply devout man, driven from his home by the Icon Wars of Byzantium, searching through the exotic east in hopes of spreading his faith. He crosses the Sea of Sand to the mythical world drawn from the stories and myths of the times of the crusades – people with their heads in their chests, the Fountain of Youth, Gog and Magog. He arrives in time for the great lottery that will determine the roles of each member of this wild and fantastic society. Despite his own moral qualms, he cheats, making himself king for the greater glory of God.


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