Literary Science Fiction: The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

The first two volumes of The Book of the New Sun, published in Shadow & Claw.

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume of Gene Wolfe’s award-winning quartet, The Book of the New Sun.  Before you dismiss it as  mere genre fiction, expand your mind with this excerpt from an article on Wolfe in The New Yorker, “Sci-Fi’s Difficult Genius” (April 24, 2015).

6 thoughts on “Literary Science Fiction: The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

  1. I read this one a long, long time ago and remember rating it very highly. Oddly enough, I *have* picked up another copy with a view to revisiting it, and your review makes me even keener to do that…. :))

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  2. “It is my nature, my joy and my curse, to forget nothing.”
    Wolfe has also written a series of books – they all have “Soldier” in the title – about an Ancient Greek soldier who has only very-short term memory as a result of a head wound.

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