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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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The Cloven
The Vorrh (3)
By (author): Brian Catling
9781101972748 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / General Jul 17, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.48 x 8.24 x 0.95 in 448 pages Vintage
The Cloven is the epic climax to B. Catling’s beloved genre-busting Vorrh Trilogy. A Vintage Books Original.

In the stunning conclusion to Brian Catling’s Vorrh trilogy, the colonial city of Essenwald gives up all its secrets, as the ancient forest seeks to reclaim what has been taken from it. Those who have been enslaved shall be no longer, and two heroes once thought dead shall reemerge stronger than ever. A man will be split in two, and a young woman will rise to the height of her powers. Meanwhile, the threat of war looms over London. Germany is gearing up to begin the Blitz, and only Nicholas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come. Will he be able to save the man who saved him? The Cloven is a book of battles and betrayals, in which Catling’s incredible creations all fulfill their destinies and lead us to an epic conflagration with the fate of mankind hanging in the balance—an assault in which the Vorrh realizes the ultimate weapon and attacks the one thing man can’t live without.

GRAND FINALE: This is the final book in Catling’s startlingly original and critically acclaimed trilogy.

HISTORICAL SETTING: Once again, Catling interweaves historical events with wild imagination. Here, it is WWII. Safe to say, some Nazis meet horrible ends.

THE QUICK PITCH: Imagine Raiders of the Lost Ark as written by Salvador Dali, and you begin to come close to the world Catling has created in The Cloven.

CROSS-GENRE CRITICAL DARLING: The Vorrh trilogy has been embraced by mainstream publications and genre outlets alike, from NPRand Slate to Tor and io9.

AUTHOR: Brian has now been inducted into the Royal Academy of the Arts. He maintains his post as a fellow of Linacre College, Oxford and professor of fine art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford, and continues to have exhibitions worldwide.

FAMOUS FANS: Catling counts among his fans Tom Waits, Alan Moore, Philip Pullman, and Michael Moorcock.

TV TIE-IN: Terry Gilliam is currently working to develop The Vorrh series for television.

Brian Catling is a poet, sculptor, painter, and performance artist. He makes installations and paints portraits of imagined Cyclops in egg tempera. Catling has had solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Arnolfini in Bristol, England; the Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany; Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen, Norway; Project Gallery in Leipzig, Germany; and the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England.

Author Residence: London, England

Author Hometown: London, England

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“The English language has given birth to some great works of unbounded vision and imagination, and here is another one. [The Vorrh is] a very sophisticated and subtle exploration of the decadent, the primitive and the mythical. Many books are said to be like nothing else, and aren’t, but Brian Catling’s really is.”—Philip Pullman, The Guardian

“Brian Catling’s The Erstwhile, like the work of Mervyn Peake, is outside genre. The stand-alone centre novel in a three-decker, it is even better than The Vorrh, the volume that preceded it…. If you like Peake’s Titus Groan, Catling’s splendid novel is probably for you.”—Michael Moorcock, The New Statesman

“Arguably the greatest fantasy book so far this decade.”—Flavorwire

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