Dhalgren

Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki

34 hr 32 min
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In Dhalgren, perhaps one of the most profound and bestselling science fiction novels of all time, Samuel R. Delany has produced a novel that rivals the best American fiction of the 1970s.Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there ... the population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents appear in the cloud-covered sky. And into this disaster zone comes a young man-a poet, lover, and adventurer-known only as the Kid.Tackling questions of race, gender, and sexuality, Dhalgren is a literary marvel and a groundbreaking work of American magical realism.
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Publisher
Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Published on
Jan 19, 2016
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Duration
34h 32m 7s
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ISBN
9781504675727
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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