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The Fixed Stars
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A fable-like tale of a small community afflicted by a mysterious plague
 
Juxtaposing barbarity and whimsy, Brian Conn’s The Fixed Stars is a novel that has the tenor of a contemporary fable with nearly the same dreamlike logic.
 
At the novel’s heart are the John’s Day celebration and the interactions of a small community dealing with a mystery disease. Routinely citizens are quarantined and then reintegrated into society in rituals marked by a haunting brutality. The infected and the healthy alike are quarantined. In a culture that has retreated from urbanism into a more pastoral society, the woman who nurtures spiders and the man who spins hemp exist alongside the mass acceptance of sexual promiscuity. Conn delivers a compelling portrait of a calamitous era, one tormented by pestilence, disease, violence, and post–late capitalism. An unflinching look at a world impossible to situate in time, The Fixed Stars is mythic and darkly magical.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. 1. The Ropemaker’s Daughter
  2. pp. 8-52
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  1. 2. Ablution in Helical Structure
  2. pp. 53-82
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  1. 3. The Green Door
  2. pp. 83-136
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  1. 4. John’s Day
  2. pp. 137-202
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  1. 5. The Snow Pageant
  2. pp. 203-284
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  1. 6. Mercury
  2. pp. 285-311
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