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An intricate web of adventure, intrigue and desire set in an ancient empire outside of time, 'Tales of Neveryon' is a visionary novel of unique power, a masterwork of fantasy. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Condition: New. Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller.
Return to Neveryon, Book 1 ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. Wesleyan University Press has reissued the long-unavailable Neveryonvolumes in trade paperback. The eleven stories, novellas, and novels in Return to Neveryon's four volumes chronicle a long-ago land on civilization's brink, perhaps in Asia or Africa, or even on the Mediterranean.
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Through the archaeological fiction of a scroll fragment, Delany crafts a fantastical origin narrative that unsettles and upends the origin nar- ratives that were aggressively attributed to the Dead Sea Scrolls, specifically after , and that increasingly authorized the violent expropriations of Middle East- ern resources and land throughout the long s. By the same light, science fiction represents what can most safely be imagined about the transition from a money economy to a credit economy.
She next travels to the suburbs of Kolhari, where she lives with the merchant Madame Keyne whose name recalls the British economist John Maynard Keynes and Keynesianism, the economic model responsible for the expansion of the world market after World War II through the early s. Pryn next moves on to live with a poor family in the Southern backwater village Enoch and, finally, observes slaveholding practices in the brewery of Old Rorkar while working for him during her time in the Garth Peninsula. Across the nar- rative, Pryn develops from a young provincial girl to a cosmopolitan slave liberator herself, one of the many shadow liberators that proliferate alongside Gorgik.
Although slavery is apparently a dying institution, as we hear from several characters, it appears across industries, including agriculture, mining, craft work, and domestic service. Here Delany folds racial subjection into a cyclical understanding of capital accumulation. In a barter economy? As such it constantly strives to present itself however badly it succeeds as anational. This flight from both the ethnonationalism of traditional fantasy and the cultural relativism of SF allows Delany to skirt past both conservative and liberal treatments of race. According to Ashraf Rushdy, neoslave narra- tives of the s and s are at once dialogues with their own historical moments and reflections on the politics of the s.
More specifically, Rushdy argues that the major neoslave narratives of the period register disenchantment with the com- munitarian and Marxist commitments of Black Power.
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It also makes a number of inter- ventions into debates about the representation of slavery by intellectuals, activists, and writers during the s and s. First, it inserts questions about queer sex- uality into the debates over the representation of slavery, placing queer practice within both the history of slavery and its traces in the historical present. Third, the series expands the boundaries of the neoslave narrative genre as it has been traditionally thematized by emphasizing the global history of slavery and slave revolution. For Delany, civil rights is fundamentally concerned with producing an analy- sis of poverty and dispossession in domestic and global contexts: it embeds an analy- sis of power structures within material demands for shelter, food, and health.
The Lumpenproletariet, particularly, looms ever larger as the series progresses. Still, poor for her had always meant a ragged woman or three with two to ten dirty children in a littered yard before a ramshackle hovel on the outskirts of Ellamon.
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This was the first time she had ever seen so many poor people, and men at that, amassed at a single center. As Madame Keyne shepherds Pryn around her New Market, the barbarians constantly lumber and mill on the other side of the fence, on the periphery of the market. We also learn that a slum has been torn down in order to clear land for the New Market.
And a carefully prepared one, too. But either because of the political situation existing between Egypt and Israel, or because the Hebrew words were not part of the vocabulary associated with the Exodus, interest was more or less deferred in this particular parchment. In so doing, not only does the series challenge the authority of the Dead Sea Scrolls, but it also highlights the geopolitics of territorially based origin narratives and the violence that they license.
These narrative enclosures, moreover, do not substitute an alternate origin for a settler colonialist one but critically upend the fantasy of origins altogether. We might imagine the origin narratives that accompanied the settler project in Palestine within this broader context of capitalist spatiotemporality. The settler colonial project in Palestine produced a narrative of salvaging fictive origins from within the earth; this narrative then functioned as a supporting ideology for the annihilation or enclosure of spaces of subsistence in the name of the resuscitation of these origins.
We might describe this ideology as the disinterring of time from space.
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Put another way, the politicization of the subterranean that takes place through verticalization is a politics not only of space but also of time and of their complex relation. For if verticalization is a form of enclosure, it is not only an enclosure of spaces and landscapes but a temporal and narrative kind of enclosure as well.
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Verticalization, in other words, spatially manifests a fantasy about time. This fantasy is that a Jewish past is incarnated within the earth and thus can be unburied and produced as a set of enclosures that function at a political level as a claim to statehood. It is for this reason that, as we argued above, we must understand the fictions of finance in terms of the formal character of literary texts, rather than as a set of proclamations or reflections on the rise of finance.
As Jameson argues, the generic shift from SF to fantasy is marked by the transition from the spaceship as the figure of speculation par excellence to the dragon. The spaceship ascends away from earth; the dragon returns speculation from space to an earthliness or earthlike- ness. Dragons do not generally teleport, travel at warp speeds, or have force fields. Indeed, far from freeing us from earth, what dragons do is return speculation from the orbital to the earthly.
It is more common to sense them by their traces: their smell, rumors of their nearness, an abandoned egg. In one of the more stirring dragon encounters of the series, the shadows of dragon wings score a scene of slave emancipation. Both looked up.
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And another. Dark wings interrupted the moonlight; and more wings; and more. Then the wings were away. It is sublated into sexuality and, rather than be forgotten or replaced, is continually returned to and agitated back into legibility. What does the intersection of racial slavery and precapitalist fictions have to do with the long s? This was, as we know, the beginning of one crucial front in the renewed dis- possession of African Americans in the undoing of the gains of the civil rights era.
We need to see the rise of fantasy, in other words, as the apparition of this expunging of race from juridical language. If the settler colonial projects in Palestine hinge on the fiction of the disinterring of time from space, then the dragon explodes this imaginary of time interred. More important, perhaps, it permits a genealogy of the present that stresses the militancy and radicalism of the past four decades.