Navarth

Navarth

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Navarth, generally referred to as 'the mad poet', is a character in The Palace of Love, the third of the Demon Princes novels by Jack Vance, though his writings are occasionally referred to in other, unrelated novels by Vance. Navarth in person appears more eccentric than mad, a Salvador Dalí-ish petulant extrovert and creator of 'happenings', one of the more amiable in a long line of Vance's self-absorbed egotists. We first encounter him on Earth, old and forgotten, living in reduced circumstances on a canal-boat in the ancient city of Rollingshaven: apparently a Vanceian conflation of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg. The chief protagonist of the novel sequence, Kirth Gersen, induces Navarth to help him in his quest to find the galactic master criminal Viole Falushe, and the pair eventually travel through space to Falushe’s notorious Palace of Love in the far Beyond.

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