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The Unreal and the Real, Volume 1: Where on Earth: Selected Storiesby Ursula K. Le Guin
2014 Oregon Book Award for Fiction
Synopses & Reviews
The Unreal and the Real is a major event not to be missed. In this two-volume selection of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories — as selected by the National Book Award winning author herself — the reader will be delighted, provoked, amused, and faced with the sharp, satirical voice of one of the best short story writers of the present day. Where on Earth explores Le Guin's earthbound stories which range around the world from small town Oregon to middle Europe in the middle of revolution to summer camp.
Companion volume Outer Space, Inner Lands includes Le Guin's best known nonrealistic stories. Both volumes include new introductions by the author.
"The Unreal and the Real guns from the grim to the ecstatic, from the State to the Garden of Eden, with just one dragon between. (Every collection needs one dragon.) In every good career-spanning collection, you can observe an author growing into her authority. Here, every story, in its own way and from its own universe, told in its own mode, explains that there is no better spirit in all of American letters than that of Ursula Le Guin." Slate
"A century from now people will still be reading the fantasy stories of Ursula K. Le Guin with joy and wonder. Five centuries from now they might ask if their author ever really existed, or if Le Guin was an identity made from the work of many writers rolled into one. A millennium on and her stories will be so familiar, like myths and fairytales today, that only dedicated scholars will ask who wrote them. Such is the fate of the truly great writers, whose stories far outlive their names." The Guardian
A must for every reader: two volumes of Ursula K. Le Guin's short stories as selected by the author.
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin has published eleven short story collections, twenty-one novels, essays, poetry, translations, and books for children, and has received the PEN-Malamud and National Book Awards, among others. Also due this year is Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, OR.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin
Brothers and Sisters
A Week in the Country
Unlocking the Air
The Diary of the Rose
The Direction of the Road
The White Donkey
The Lost Children
The Water is Wide
Hand, Cup, Shell
Half Past Four
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