By Dan Simmons

"O negative spouse of Siva / Your tongue is consuming the blood, / O darkish mom! O unclad Mother." it really is amazing that ahead of scripting this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent merely and a part days in Calcutta, a urban "too depraved to be suffered," his narrator says. thankfully again in print after a number of years within which it used to be not easy to acquire, this wealthy, weird and wonderful novel virtually reeks with surroundings. the tale issues an American poet who travels together with his Indian spouse and their child to Calcutta to select up an epic poem cycle concerning the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared less than mysterious circumstances.

Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly developed, brutal, and uncompromising examine of the measure to which an evil position may well permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel a few violent society as a defensible and unquestionably ethical paintings of art." Song of Kali received a global fable Award. --Fiona Webster

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Song of Kali

"O negative spouse of Siva / Your tongue is consuming the blood, / O darkish mom! O unclad mom. " it really is amazing that sooner than penning this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent in basic terms and a part days in Calcutta, a urban "too depraved to be suffered," his narrator says. thankfully again in print after numerous years in which it used to be demanding to procure, this wealthy, extraordinary novel essentially reeks with surroundings.

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The silver mint that provided Ginza’s name, “silver place,” was built in 1612. In 1872 fire destroyed everything and, with the Meiji Restoration in full swing, the government ordered English architect Thomas Waters to rebuild the area in red brick. From then on it was the focus for Western influences and all things modern, and is still one of Tokyo’s prime market centers. Tiny shops selling local crafts mix with galleries, department stores, and the ultra-modern Sony showroom for an unrivaled shopping experience.

Two viewpoints – the main one at 492 ft (150 m) and a higher one at 820 ft (250 m) – offer spectacular views of Tokyo Bay, the nearby districts of Shimbashi and Ginza, and Mount Fuji on a clear day. 42 T O K Y O A R E A B Y A R E A Marunouchi District 1896 and modeled on the Neo-Classical 8 Berlin National Bank, was the first Western-style Map 5 B1–2.  Tokyo stn, Marubuilding designed by a Japanese archi- nouchi line. £ Tokyo stn, many lines. tect, Tatsuno Kingo. Tokyo Station Gallery Tel (03) On the north bank 3212-2485.

All the unmarked drums can be played with the sticks and mallets provided. ” The museum’s first floor gift shop sells a good selection of local handicrafts, traditional souvenirs, and even a few drums. Look out for flyers put up on the walls, listing forthcoming drum events around the country. A worldwide collection of traditional drums, Drum Museum For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp112–13 and pp134–5 N O R T H E R N T O K Y O 55 The Floating World of Ukiyo-e In the Edo period, woodblock carved away what was not to prints, called ukiyo-e, or pictures appear on the print, making of the pleasure-seeking “floating one block for each color; and world,” became the most the printer, who inked the popular pictorial art of Japan.

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