Valente's innovation: the city, tales, lives, waters, ink and war of Palimpsest; to craft such an original vision through such formidably real, addictive, desiring and afflicted characters is utter genius. To gain entrance to the mystical city of Palimpsest, a place of dreams where colors, tastes and worlds merge brilliantly, is to pay a price. The initial cost of immigrating there is to have sex with someone who has been there. Ink tattoos a section of map that will forever mark the immigrant who desires, above all else, to get back to the contrasting hideously beautiful city that is Palimpsest.
Valente addresses many issues that are rank in the world, through this book, and the author asks an important question of all who read this: what price would you pay to achieve your deepest and darkest desire?