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Awards
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book (nominee)
Lush, thrilling, and erotically charged, a triumph of suspense and dazzling imagination, Elizabeth Hand's Mortal Love is an extraordinary work that spans more than a century, uniting genius past and present with strange, tensile strands of inspiration, obsession, and lust.

A tragedy that occurs in a hospital for the insane in Frankfurt, Germany, will have repercussions across decades and eras. Several weeks after the death of a female patient in a terrible fire, the poet Algernon Swinburne follows a mysterious woman through the shadows toward a remarkable event at once enthralling, stimulating, and terrifying beneath the streets of London. Years later, at the start of a new century, a struggling young artist, Radborne Comstock, is introduced to a ravishing beauty who immediately becomes his muse, his desire, and his greatest torment. It is a legacy of pleasure and madness that will be passed down to his grandson, the dilettante actor Valentine Comstock, who is plagued by disturbing and increasingly erotic visions. And in the present day a journalist named Daniel Rowlands is seduced by the bewitching and mercurial Larkin Meade, who holds the key to lost artistic masterpieces, and to secrets too devastating to imagine.

What connects these men -- and others whose grand destinies are to imagine and create -- is one woman. Eternal, unknowable, the very ideal of beauty and desirability, she exists somewhere beyond the boundaries of time, a sensuous dream of flesh and fantasy to inspire or destroy, an immortal lover ... or an angel of death.

    

"You don't so much read this novel as drink it down, like absinthe." - Kelly Link

"Elizabeth Hand is a writer whose vision, and whose writing into that extraordinary vision of hers, is exceptional..." - Bradford Morrow

"A great gothic read, and one that dishes up all the dark delights." - James Reese

"I think she has written the best book of her generation." - Peter Straub


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Used availability for Elizabeth Hand's Mortal Love

Hardback Editions

June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mortal Love: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Hand
ISBN: 0-06-105170-5 / 978-0-06-105170-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mortal Love
Author(s): Elizabeth Hand
ISBN: 0-06-102053-2 / 978-0-06-102053-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Torch
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mortal Love: A Novel
Author(s): Elizabeth Hand
ISBN: 0-06-075534-2 / 978-0-06-075534-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mortal Love
Author(s): Elizabeth Hand
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA