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Deserted Cities of the Heart

(1988)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
Shiner begins this novel realistically in a contemporary Mexico where Rolling Stone reporter John Carmichael has been drawn in his search for news, and anthropologist Thomas Yates has come to search for his missing brother, rock musician Eddie. Eventually, they meet among the ancient Mayan ruins where Eddie has gone on a pilgrimage with the Mayan descendants among whom he now lives. There, while trapped between Cuban backed insurgents and a clandestine American force, Eddie pursues his experiments with mushrooms. He claims that instead of psychedelic visions, they actually transport him back in time to his own past and to the great days of Mayan culture. Although well written and occasionally thoughtful, the narrative, whose opening reminds one of warmed-over Robert Stone, moves to fulfill the cliched apocalyptic aspirations of the title. (August)

Library Journal
An anthropologist and his alienated brother reunite in a Mexico torn apart by earthquakes and revolution to reenact an ancient Mayan myth of the end of the world in this surrealistic fantasy by the author of Frontera . Shiner captures the complexities of both modern and ancient reality in a story that should appeal to general as well as fantasy audiences. Recommended. JC



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Hardback Editions

May 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Deserted Cities of the Heart
Author(s): Lewis Shiner
ISBN: 0-385-24637-4 / 978-0-385-24637-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

November 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Deserted Cities of the Heart
Author(s): Lewis Shiner
ISBN: 1-59606-304-1 / 978-1-59606-304-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean Press
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October 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Deserted Cities of the Heart
Author(s): Lewis Shiner
ISBN: 0-553-35457-4 / 978-0-553-35457-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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February 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Deserted Cities of the Heart
Author(s): Lewis Shiner
ISBN: 0-553-27975-0 / 978-0-553-27975-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spectra
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July 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Deserted Cities of the Heart (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Lewis Shiner
ISBN: 0-349-10001-2 / 978-0-349-10001-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Deserted Cities of the Heart
Author(s): Lewis Shiner
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Availability: Amazon