THE FIFTH HEAD OF CERBERUS by Gene Wolfe

THE FIFTH HEAD OF CERBERUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three loosely interdependent novellas, which reveal from time to time, the zigzag planetary travel of Earth scientist John V. Marsch. Among the multitudinous clones on Sainte Croix, Marsch confronts a son-duplicate about to kill his father; on Sainte Anne he pursues the vanished aboriginals and the elusive, probably Earth-derived, ""Shadow People""; and finally he is suspended forever in a society where absolute power equals absolute truth. An extravagant mosaic of plausibilities and it all could take place within a mass consciousness between abo and clone. . . or in the head of J. V. Marsch? Dazzling if sometimes blinding.

Pub Date: May 31st, 1972
Publisher: Scribners