Neveryona or: The Tale of Signs and Cities

Neveryona or The Tale of Signs and Cities In the ancient fabled land of Neveryon they tell of a gleaming golden city sunken beneath the waves of historyNeveryona For Pryn a young girl fleeing her village on the back of a dragon Neveryona

  • Title: Neveryona or: The Tale of Signs and Cities
  • Author: Samuel R. Delany
  • ISBN: 9780553241778
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the ancient, fabled land of Neveryon, they tell of a gleaming golden city, sunken beneath the waves of historyNeveryona.For Pryn, a young girl fleeing her village on the back of a dragon, Neveryona becomes a shining symbol just out of reach It leads her to the exotic port city of Kolhari, where she talks with the wealthy mercahnt Madame Keyne, walks with Gorgik theIn the ancient, fabled land of Neveryon, they tell of a gleaming golden city, sunken beneath the waves of historyNeveryona.For Pryn, a young girl fleeing her village on the back of a dragon, Neveryona becomes a shining symbol just out of reach It leads her to the exotic port city of Kolhari, where she talks with the wealthy mercahnt Madame Keyne, walks with Gorgik the Liberator as he schemes against the Court of Eagles, and crosses the Bridge of Lost Desire in search of her destiny.

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    About " Samuel R. Delany "

  • Samuel R. Delany

    Samuel Ray Delany, also known as Chip, is an award winning American science fiction author He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy Delany Funeral Home, on 7th Avenue, between 1938 and his death in 1960 The family lived in the top two floors of the three story private house between five and six story Harlem apartment buildings Delany s aunts were Sadie and Bessie Delany Delany used some of their adventures as the basis for the adventures of his characters Elsie and Corry in the opening novella Atlantis Model 1924 in his book of largely autobiographical stories Atlantis Three Tales.Delany attended the Dalton School and the Bronx High School of Science, during which he was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation s international summer scholarship program Delany and poet Marilyn Hacker met in high school, and were married in 1961 Their marriage lasted nineteen years They had a daughter, Iva Hacker Delany b 1974 , who spent a decade working in theater in New York City.Delany was a published science fiction author by the age of 20 He published nine well regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well as several prize winning short stories collected in Driftglass 1971 and recently in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories 2002 His eleventh and most popular novel, Dhalgren, was published in 1975 His main literary project through the late 1970s and 1980s was the Return to Nev r on series, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the fourth and final book.Delany has published several autobiographical semi autobiographical accounts of his life as a black, gay, and highly dyslexic writer, including his Hugo award winning autobiography, The Motion of Light in Water.Since 1988, Delany has been a professor at several universities This includes eleven years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo He then moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001, where he has been teaching since He has had several visiting guest professorships before and during these same years He has also published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays In one of his non fiction books, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue 1999 , he draws on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working class men, gay and straight, in New York City.In 2007, Delany was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R Delany, Gentleman The film debuted on April 25 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

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  • The metaphysical fantasist is back, ready to guide into another exploration of the land of Neveryon, this time in a full fledged novel instead of a collection of interlinked novellas. Subtitled "The Tale of Signs and Cities", the story is everything the original cover promises: a sword & sorcery adventure into a mythical land, in the company of a brawny barbarian and a glamorous princess. But even here in the cover there are hints of undercurrents beneath appearances. Notice the role reversa [...]


  • Having pushed the sci-fi genre into new terrain over the first two decades of his career, Delany turned to an even more seemingly blighted genre to present his most thoughtful and theory-heavy sequence of works: the barbarian novel. If you actually dive into any of the Neveryon works, you won't be fooled for long. Delany's main conceit is to take the moment of coalescence of civilization out of hazy pre-history as the perfect test chamber in which to study the foundations for all of our societal [...]


  • The second book and sixth story in the Neveryona series, and the first novel length story.It is the story of Pryn who leaves her northern smalltown life and world on the wings of a dragon. Her adventure takes her through the intricacies of Kolhari [the capital of this country] where she meets a powerful merchant and Gorgik the Liberator. From there she heads south, travels with smugglers, finds herself in a new small town, which she quickly leaves, to find herself working at a brewery, formerly [...]


  • What a great read. Having already read the first Neveryon book, I was already prepared for Delany's mix of experimentation with the philosophy of language, inquiry into the confluence of race, class, gender and sexuality, and the medium of fantasy fiction. So with volume two, I was able to settle in for good long read. The narrative of the book is like a picaresque tale with the lead character moving from one set of circumstances to another, each encounter offering her a chance to dialogue on th [...]


  • This book has the best opening and ending I have read in ages:"She was fifteen and she flew.Her name was pryn--because she knew something of writing but not of capital letters.Who could ask for more from an opening? And the end?"Now, old city of dragons and dreams, of doubts, and terrors and all wondrous expectations, despite your rule by absent fathers, it's between us two!"Amazing. The plot is compelling too, but only when you get it. At the beginning it is utterly secondary, it must first pic [...]


  • this book, and series, is a flood of knowledge. and yet, so patient and careful with its words. not flood at all, i take that back, but a carefully constructed MAP that charts or MIRRORS (these words are in caps because there are many maps and mirrors in the series and i am making a fun inside joke) the history of writing, the production of knowledge, the shift from a barter to a money economy, and the flow of power in its various guises. all this with a backdrop of slave liberation, dragons, an [...]


  • Perhaps as puzzling as, but nonetheless more enjoyable than the first volume, if only because there is only one story with a development the reader can follow easily, instead of endless albeit very clever digressions on psychoanalysis, capitalism, gender issues etc. From here it becomes clear that the series is an attempt at defining storytelling in general, not by talking about storytelling, but by weaving a story the telling of which is intended to trigger deeper and deeper thoughts into the r [...]


  • Definitely denser than its predecessor--very little plot and much less action, not that the first volume was exactly pulse-pounding. Really, it's an intriguing hybrid between fiction and theory, but I wouldn't call it entirely smooth sailing. I know there are aspects of it that went whizzing over my head, which is okay--but then, a lot of what I DID decipher seemed perhaps overly straightforwardly borrowed from people like Derrida and Foucault. Sometimes the very lengthy dialogues mesmerize; som [...]


  • "We fought for a vision of society, and yet we lived outside society - like soldiers fighting for a beautiful and wondrous city whose walls they have nevertheless been forbidden to enter."A swords-and-sorcery book that quotes Braudel and Kristeva, where the "magic" explored is language, power and history.


  • Ich hatte die große Ehre & das noch größere Vergnügen, für die überarbeitete Neuausgabe die Übersetzung durchzusehen & zu lektorieren. Soviel für jene, die sich wundern, wie ich im Dezember 2014 bereits ein Buch empfehlen kann, das erst im Frühjahr 2015 erscheinen wird.Ich erwähne immer wieder mal mein Gedankenspiel, dass die Fantasy sich vor lauter Queste & Epik zu wenig um Alltag & die kleinen menschlichen Dinge kümmert, und eine entsprechende Frischzellenkur durch S [...]


  • Review is for the series: Set in a long ago time in a forgotten kingdom, Delany explores the structures of civilization in this four novel “sword and sorcery” series comprised of eleven interlinking stories surrounding Gorgik the Slave Liberator. At times privileging academic exercise over pure storytelling, the series nevertheless captivates as much as it elucidates. To be immersed in Delany’s Nevèrÿon is to watch him attempt to name the unnameable magic and spirit that makes humans hum [...]


  • My friend in California gave me this book because it features a female protagonist who makes a long walking journey alone and has to make some tough decisions along the way. I haven't read any of the other books in this same world-space, so I only have the depth of character that one book can provide. Yes, it's a fantasy novel with dragons and slaves and astrolabes and gold coins. It has a compelling story however, and how often does a fantasy novel feature a quote from Society of the Spectacle [...]


  • I came across the first book in the Return to Neveryon series (Tales of Neveryon) at random in a small bookstore in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. It looked interesting, so I bought it and read it on the flight back to the States. This novel sparked a love affair with the writings of Samuel R. Delany - both fiction and non-fiction, across multiple genres - that continues to this day.One of the best reasons to read the series, though, are the appendices in each book in which he shows us the insp [...]


  • Thrilling fantasy, if you find long lectures on semiotics, capital and labor, and the fluidity of political power thrilling. (I happen to, most of the time.) Basically a loosely-plotted picaresque, elaborating on the conceptual preoccupations of "Tales of Neveryon" and reexamining some of its characters, with fewer swordfights and a few more dragons and nested stories, and one of Delany's more sympathetic female protagonists, the literate dragonrider Pryn, whose travels through Neveryon and incr [...]


  • Self-referentially clever but not obnoxiously so, in fact, brilliantly so: like the first book, it's fantasy storytelling about fantasy storytelling. There's magic and dragons and barbarians, but there are also metafictional discussions about the value of history and fantasy and language all together. Highly recommended for fantasy fans who like to think they're smarter than most fantasy fans.



  • Can you really mix Conan-style fantasy with high-falutin' theory? Then move the last book into the modern era & the emergence of the AIDS epidemic? Yes.



  • There is not a strong enough word to describe how much I wish we had the newer edition of this, without Gorgik's(?) butt cheeks staring everybody down.


  • “Pryn started to speak, but a notion overtook her that no doubt overtook you several pages ago — indeed, if it took Pryn longer to realize than it took you, it was not because Pryn was the stupider; it was simply because for her this was life, not a tale; and it was all a very long time ago, so that the many tales that have nudged you to such a reading had not yet been written.”you: “I don’t understand poststructuralism.”me: read chapter 11 of Neveryóna.


  • In brief, the story we might have written had things been only a little different would have told of bravery, wonder, fun, laughter, love, anger, fear, tears, reconciliation, a certain wisdom, a turn of chance, and a certain resignation – the stuff of many fine tales over the ages. But in those weeks Pryn did not once think of dragons.Thus, we review them briefly.Good girls can go to heaven, bad girls are riding dragons.Neveryóna follows Pryn, neither especially good nor especially bad, a sho [...]


  • An excellent sequel to Delany's masterpiece, "Tales from Neveryon". The original had a character in it called Small Sarg, a character I inadvertently inspired due to a misunderstanding of views I purportedly perpetrated in the 1970's in the renowned fanzine, Khatru, when criticizing some of Delany's (and others') putdowns of men in a previous issue. I managed to stumble into debates with famous authors in the fandom world during this time (like a poor fool stumbling into a field loaded with land [...]


  • This book is ostensibly set in 4000 BC or so. One of the characters invents writing, another invents weaving. And yet the characters are always discussing the nature of political power, semiotics, relativism, the nature of narrative. I'm sure Delany recognizes that this is unrealistic and that he is playing some deep game, but I was never able to figure out what his rules are. Also, the book has no discernable plot, which can work if you have interesting enough events and setting to sustain it, [...]


  • Fascinating and challenging This is a difficult and interesting series. The characters are a fascinating combination of authentic grounded characters that have a reality and authenticity to them and epic characters drawn in broad strokes and part of improbable epic events and coincidences yet the story - surreal and unusual- defies expectations and is really hard to put down.


  • bookcrossing/journal/1I had trouble getting into this. It didn't flow well & I didn't like the characters much. It may have helped if I'd read the earlier Tales of Neveryon, but this doesn't seem to be necessary. Perhaps it was all a bit too "academic" for me - I don't want to think too deeply about the nature of civilisation when I'm indulging in fantasy.


  • Delany examines authority, cities, systems, society here through a series of revised impressions, like breakers mold and remold a beach. Pryn's observations and reassessments a provide the very best kind of unreliable narrator: one whose thought process feels as familiar as one's own.




  • This started off strongly, philosophizing on the natures of cities, civilization, and people. But somewhere along the line it got too didactic for me, at the expense of plot and characterization.



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