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A brilliant, unique, and completely realized work of fiction, “Riddley Walker”—first published in 1980—is set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), where humanity has regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate state, represented by a language created especially by Hoban for the book.
Nick Hartley has just lost yet another fight with Harry Buncher—and has gotten his head banged into a wall in the bargain. So everything is looking a little funny to him already when Nick meets Moe Nagic, a homeless man with a puzzle and a secret to sell. It seems there’s a way in to the world of the puzzle, a way to visit Trokeville, just at the edge of the puzzle picture. But when Nick takes the chance, he finds that it’s more dangerous than he thought—and that his mind could leave him stranded there with no way of returning.
Two internationally acclaimed artists create a groundbreaking, genre-defying adventure to transcend time, place, and identity.
In the cold north where the white wind blows lives Sixteen-Face John, a shaman. His wife is expecting their first child—a “soonchild.” But Soonchild won’t come out! So John sets out to find the World Songs that inspire all soonchildren to leave the womb. Along the way, he must shift shape and size, converse with animals and ancestors, and face demons and death. But he also pursues an elusive golden-eyed presence that hints at a connection with his past. This breathtaking novel, as exciting as it is spooky, is a lyrical tribute to the forces of nature, magic, and family.