Synopses & Reviews
The inaugural volume of Library of America s Ursula K. Le Guinedition gathers her complete Orsinian writings, enchanting, richly imagined historical fiction collected here for the first time.Written before Le Guin turned to science fiction, the novelMalafrena is a tale of love and duty set in the central europeancountry of Orsinia in the early nineteenth century, when it isruled by the Austrian empire. The stories originally publishedin Orsinian Tales (1976) offer brilliantly rendered episodesof personal drama set against a history that spans Orsinia semergence as an independent kingdom in the twelfth centuryto its absorption by the eastern Bloc after World War II. The volume is rounded out by two additional stories that bringthe history of Orsinia up to 1989, the poem Folksong fromthe Montayna Province, Le Guin s first published work, and two never before published songs in the Orisinian language."
Library of America gathers for the first time the entire body of work set in the imaginary central European nation of Orsinia--the enchanting, richly imagined historical fiction series written by Hugo, Nebula, and National Book Award winner Ursula K. Le Guin.
In a career spanning half a century, Ursula K. Le Guin has produced a body of work that testifies to her abiding faith in the power and art of words. She is perhaps best known for imagining future intergalactic worlds in brilliant books that challenge our ideas of what is natural and inevitable in human relations--and that celebrate courage, endurance, risk-taking, and above all, freedom in the face of the psychological and social forces that lead to authoritarianism and fanaticism. It is less well known that she first developed these themes in the richly imagined historical fiction collected in this volume, which inaugurates the Library of America edition of her works.
Written before Ursula K. Le Guin turned to science fiction, the novel Malafrena is a tale of love and duty set in the central European country of Orsinia in the early nineteenth century, when it is ruled by the Austrian empire. The stories originally published in Orsinian Tales (1976) offer brilliantly rendered episodes of personal drama set against a history that spans Orsinia's emergence as an independent kingdom in the twelfth century to its absorption by the eastern Bloc after World War II. The volume is rounded out by two additional stories that bring the history of Orsinia up to 1989, the poem "Folksong from the Montayna Province," Le Guin's first published work, and two never-before-published songs in the Orisinian language.
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