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The Habitation of the Blessed

(2010)
(The first book in the Prester John series)
A novel by

 
 
This is the story of a place that never was: the kingdom of Prester John, the utopia described by an anonymous, twelfth-century document which captured the imagination of the medieval world and drove hundreds of lost souls to seek out its secrets, inspiring explorers, missionaries, and kings for centuries. But what if it were all true? What if there was such a place, and a poor, broken priest once stumbled past its borders, discovering, not a Christian paradise, but a country where everything is possible, immortality is easily had, and the Western world is nothing but a dim and distant dream?

Brother Hiob of Luzerne, on missionary work in the Himalayan wilderness on the eve of the eighteenth century, discovers a village guarding a miraculous tree whose branches sprout books instead of fruit. These strange books chronicle the history of the kingdom of Prester John, and Hiob becomes obsessed with the tales they tell. The Habitation of the Blessed recounts the fragmented narratives found within these living volumes, revealing the life of a priest named John, and his rise to power in this country of impossible richness. John's tale weaves together with the confessions of his wife Hagia, a blemmye--a headless creature who carried her face on her chest--as well as the tender, jeweled nursery stories of Imtithal, nanny to the royal family. Hugo and World Fantasy award nominee Catherynne M. Valente reimagines the legends of Prester John in this stunning tour de force.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Valente is one of the most intriguing young writers working in the mythic fiction field today. Her work is lyrical, unusual, ambitious..." - Terri Windling


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October 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John, Vol. 1
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-59780-199-2 / 978-1-59780-199-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Night Shade Books
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September 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One (Prester John Trilogy)
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-5012-7112-1 / 978-1-5012-7112-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-5012-9390-7 / 978-1-5012-9390-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One (Prester John Trilogy)
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-4418-7022-9 / 978-1-4418-7022-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One (Prester John Trilogy)
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-4418-7023-7 / 978-1-4418-7023-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One (Prester John Trilogy)
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-4418-7024-5 / 978-1-4418-7024-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John Volume One (Prester John Trilogy)
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
ISBN: 1-4418-7025-3 / 978-1-4418-7025-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Habitation of the Blessed: A Dirge for Prester John, Volume One
Author(s): Catherynne M Valente
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA