By Catherynne M. Valente
This can be the tale of a spot that by no means used to be: the dominion of Prester John, the utopia defined by means of an nameless, twelfth-century record which captured the mind's eye of the medieval global and drove 1000s of misplaced souls to find its secrets and techniques, inspiring explorers, missionaries, and kings for hundreds of years. yet what if it have been all precise? What if there has been any such position, and a bad, damaged priest as soon as stumbled previous its borders, studying, now not a Christian paradise, yet a rustic the place every thing is feasible, immortality is well had, and the Western global is not anything yet a dim and far away dream?
Brother Hiob of Luzerne, on missionary paintings within the Himalayan desert at the eve of the eighteenth century, discovers a village guarding a excellent tree whose branches sprout books rather than fruit. those unusual books chronicle the historical past of the dominion of Prester John, and Hiob turns into enthusiastic about the stories they inform. The Habitation of the Blessed recounts the fragmented narratives came across inside those dwelling volumes, revealing the lifetime of a clergyman named John, and his upward thrust to energy during this state of most unlikely richness. John's story weaves including the confessions of his spouse Hagia, a blemmye--a headless creature who carried her face on her chest--as good because the smooth, jeweled nursery tales of Imtithal, nanny to the royal relatives. Hugo and global delusion award nominee Catherynne M. Valente reimagines the legends of Prester John during this gorgeous journey de strength.