An SF masterpiece.
Gene Wolfe was born in New York and raised in Texas. He trained as a mechanical engineer, but began to publish short stories in the 1960s. He won a World Fantasy Award for THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER and a Nebula for THE CLAW OF THE CONCILIATOR. He is a World Fantasy Life Achievement winner.
A subtle, ingenious, poetic, and picturesque book...Wolfe is so good he leaves me speechless. - Ursula Le Guin.A truly extraordinary work. One of the most cunningly wrought narratives in the whole of modern SF, a masterpiece of misdirection, subtle clues and apparently casual revelations. - Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels.