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The Divinity Student
by Michael Cisco

Subject: Fantasy / Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Buzzcity Press (USA)

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first edition trade paperback, 149pp, ISBN 096522001X, 1999 N/A out of print

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    A gem of literate dark fantasy, concisely illustrating the power, both light and dark, of words and meaning
    starred review, Publisher's Weekly, 24 May 1999
    As befitting a novel so concerned with the magic of words, Cisco has handcrafted each sentence with meticulous care ... In his long dark coat and high collar, the bespectacled Holy-Book-toting Divinity Student resembles a neurasthenic Clint Eastwood drifer, a linguistic bounty-hunter whose prey is not a man but an enlightenment beyond logic
    Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's SF Magazine
    The Divinity Student is a festival of unrealities, an entrancing body of hallucinations mutilated with surgical precision by a masterful literary maniac
    Thomas Ligotti

Winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel.

Struck by lightning, cut open and stuffed full of documents, the Divinity Student is released from the seminary and sent on a quest to the desert-bound city of San Veneficio, there to work for an order of word-finders. More than a dictionary architect and less than honest, the Divinity Student's boss soon has him searching for forbidden words in the brains of corpses. Butchers and beautiful women surround the Divinity Student as he searches for his own identity in the identity of the dead.