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Book Title: In Viriconium|
The author of the book: M. John Harrison
Date of issue: 1982
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ISBN 13: 9780575032125
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M. John Harrison's prose is filled with a rich, idiosyncratic music, and the structure of his "Viriconium" novels is musical too. If The Pastel City is a late symphony by Beethoven (a classical, conventionally constructed work, filled with individualistic energy, straining to break its bonds), and if A Storm of Wings is a symphony by Mahler (brooding beauties from an immense modern orchestra, fragmented in its structure, held together by unexpected key changes and passages of dark humor), then In Viriconium must be a piece of chamber music: at first deceptively simple, then darkening like a string quintet by Schubert, something he wrote after the spirochetes and a cosmic melancholy had come to call, it soon begins to teem with modernist effects, surprising atonalities and bleak burlesque, no longer Schubert but a "Weimar Republic" homage to Schubert, by Alban Berg or perhaps Kurt Weill.
Three very different kinds of music indeed, but they complement each other.
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Michael John Harrison was born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1945 and now lives in London.
Harrison is stylistically an Imagist and his early work relies heavily on the use of strange juxtapositions characteristic of absurdism.
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