London: Vintage, 1998. Reprint. Paperback. NEW. B/W illustrations. 12.8 x 19.8 x 3 cm. 477 pp. Item #13364
Book One of the classic Gormenghast Trilogy with an intoduction by Anthony Burgess.
As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.