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Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
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Before she upended the conventions of science fiction with such path-breaking works as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin created the richly imagined world of Orsinia. The provocative novel Malafrena is set in the 1820s, as Orsinia, a small principality of the Habsburg Empire, was swept up in currents of revolution and nationalism. Included also are 13 additional stories, including all those originally collected as Orsinian Tales. Rounding out the collection are three poems, or songs, which lend additional texture to the Orsinian tapestry.

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in a career spanning half a century, Ursula K. Le Guinhas produced a body of work that testifies to herabiding faith in the power and art of words. She isperhaps best known for imagining future intergalacticworlds in brilliant books that challenge our ideas ofwhat is natural and inevitable in human relations and that celebrate courage, endurance, risk-taking, and above all, freedom in the face of the psychologicaland social forces that lead to authoritarianism andfanaticism. it is less well known that she first developedthese themes in the richly imagined historicalfiction collected in this volume, which inauguratesthe Library of America edition of her works. Brian Attebery, the editor of this volume, is professor of English at Idaho State University and the editor of Journal ofthe Fantastic in Arts. He edited The Norton Book ofScience Fiction (1997) with Ursula K. Le Guin andKaren Joy Fowler, and is the author of Stories AboutStories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth (2014) andDecoding Gender in Science Fiction (2002), amongother books."

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General Fields

  • : 9781598534931
  • : The Library of America
  • : The Library of America
  • : August 2016
  • : United States
  • : October 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 813.54
  • : 700
  • : Ursula K. Le Guin