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The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Three Novellas (urspr publ 1972; utgåvan 1972)

av Gene Wolfe (Författare)

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Far from Earth two sister planets, Sainte Anne and Sainte Croix, circle each other. It is said that a race of shapeshifting aliens once lived here, only to become extinct when human colonists arrived. But one man believes they still exist, somewhere out in the wilderness. In The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe brilliantly interweaves three tales: a scientist¿s son gradual discovery of the bizarre secret of his heritage; a young man¿s mythic dreamquest for his darker half; the mystifying chronicle of an anthropologist¿s seemingly-arbitrary imprisonment. Gradually, a mesmerising pattern emerges.… (mer)
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The Fifth Head of Cerberus av Gene Wolfe (1972)

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    Den nya solens bok Torterarens skugga ; Medlarens klo av Gene Wolfe (Rynooo)
    Rynooo: If you enjoyed this, check out Wolfe's sci-fi fantasy epic The Book of the New Sun. It's mind-boggling, frequently shocking, and I'm not sure I understood it. Brillant stuff.
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    Babel-17/Empire Star av Samuel R. Delany (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: In each book there are multiple stories metafictionally linked to one another, in which far-future science fiction scenarios are used to explore archetypal human dilemmas and paradoxes regarding dominance, difference, communion, and communication.… (mer)
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    Celestis av Paul Park (whiten06)
    whiten06: Thought-provoking, literary science fiction dealing with issues of post-colonialism and identity.
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A joy, pure and simple. One of the most impressive books i have read, one I will read many times.

Art isn't about perfect, it's about expression, both free and technical. This is technical, written to perfection. Every word, line and paragraph lined carefully, yet it reads free.

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  wexfordred | Jan 10, 2021 |
Your face in many
distorted and repurposed
recognizable? ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Very dense science fiction, with an anthropological bent. ( )
  pjohanneson | May 5, 2020 |
I don't feel qualified to give a comprehensive review of this book. It is only the 2nd book of Gene Wolfe's I've read, and the first I've come close to understanding. I think this must be a better book to begin with though, than his Book of the New Sun series. I am a big fan of Jack Vance's Dying Earth series and Wolfe's is similar in setting but not in tone. You get a lot of humor in Vance, and almost no humor in Wolfe - so far. Or at least the humor partakes of the same dense opacities as the rest of the book's literary ingredients. It is hard to tell what is meant as truth or misconception, and many readers have found this to be part of the fun.

Wolfe ties together many deep themes, wild characters, and disarming alien descriptions alongside droll pseudo-reminiscences. He touches on Imperialism, genetic modification, interplanetary travel, sibling relationships, folklore, shapeshifting creatures, ghosts and many more intriguing elements, but only through hints and by undermining your expectations. The plot is only discoverable beneath a riptide of otherworldly richness, of bizarre, hallucinogenic revelations, and if swallowed half-digested and barely understood, it can still be incredibly interesting.

When the story flips to the perspective of the aborigines, I was treated to an intense array of breathtaking surprises. The reader is left questioning who is the actual protagonist of this story, and who's version of reality can be believed.

The two nearby planets the author describes each have their own philosophy, anthropology, and history, and in the famous Wolfian fashion, none of it is readily discernible, except through subtle insinuations. This puzzle-narrative technique ceaselessly sabotages the reader's attempts at interpretation. Like the characters themselves, the reader is forced to undergo an investigation of the facts provided, and is left to draw their own conclusions.

The author might have split up the book into 3 separate novellas, but that would not have aided much in how approachable they are. Taken together they enlarge upon their interior modus operandi in unique ways. This extraordinary interaction within the texts may never have been incorporated into literature before or since. I will have to examine his New Sun series at length to see if it lives up to his layered accomplishment with "Cerberus."

The intelligence of the structure, the imaginative setting, and the elegant descriptions are enough to impress any fan of science fiction. If you do not mind Wolfe's trickery, I think that there is a great deal of enjoyment to be gained from this book. Keep in mind this was written very early in his career, and he had only begun to experiment... ( )
  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
(NOTE: just about the original, 'Fifth Head' novella from Orbit 10): Strange that I’ve now several times heard that newcomers to Wolfe DEFINITELY should start with Cerberus rather than the more complex New Sun, as the former simply seems a slimmer volume of the self-same Wolfe-isms: ellipses, Easter eggs (both deep and banal), mid-tier Proust rip-off deep memory mining mixed with mid-tier Jamesian convoluted syntax thick description, small hints at much bigger events (the world-building he hides in the middle of paragraphs), hypnotic narrativization (how did we get from here to there? [this isn’t a good thing]), and meandering alluisivity. And it never works for me. In fact, it’s all a little embarrassing—as if his advocates, in their advocacy, are just un-self-consciously crying out “I didn’t get this at first and so it’s this is better than van Vogt.” Wolfe storyboards his shit, then, in its composition, consciously carves out a chasm in its emplotment— i.e. taking a to b to c to d to e, etc. plot and cutting out b through d—and hopes that the winks in their direction throughout will suffice, OR he just flat tells us at the end (and WHY exactly is Marsch an aborigine?!). I mean, take this snippet from a review of the novella (and this is one of the SMART reviewers!): “Setting this aside for the moment, here is my take away, as Joan Gordon suggests. In Gene Wolfe — I think in general in his works, and not just in this one story — it’s not about absolute understanding. It’s about living with uncertainty, and ambiguity.” Said reviewer goes on to basically acknowledge that he has no idea what’s happening, but that, surely, that MUST be the point and that, surely, that MUST mean this is the work that most elevates sf into “literature.” Drivel. ( )
  Ebenmaessiger | Oct 5, 2019 |
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This is the collection of three novellas: Fifth Head of Cerberus - A Story by John V. Marsch - V.R.T.
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Far from Earth two sister planets, Sainte Anne and Sainte Croix, circle each other. It is said that a race of shapeshifting aliens once lived here, only to become extinct when human colonists arrived. But one man believes they still exist, somewhere out in the wilderness. In The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe brilliantly interweaves three tales: a scientist¿s son gradual discovery of the bizarre secret of his heritage; a young man¿s mythic dreamquest for his darker half; the mystifying chronicle of an anthropologist¿s seemingly-arbitrary imprisonment. Gradually, a mesmerising pattern emerges.

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