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  • Published: 1 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781598534931
  • Imprint: Library of America
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 700
  • RRP: $59.99

Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia


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The Library of America inaugurates its Ursula K. Le Guin edition with this first-of-its-kind collection of the complete Orsinian cycle, restored to print for the first time in decades.

The Library of America inaugurates its Ursula K. Le Guin edition with this first-of-its-kind collection of the complete Orsinian cycle, restored to print for the first time in decades.

Before she upended the conventions of science fiction with such pathbreaking works as The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin created the richly imagined world of Orsinia, a central European country that serves as a backdrop for her extraordinary extended meditation on the interplay of individual will and the forces of history. The provocative novel Malafrena (written in the 1950s, but not published until 1979) is set in the 1820s, as Orsinia, a small principality of the Habsburg Empire, is swept up in the currents of revolution and nationalism that will transform the western world. Its hero, the idealistic young patriot Itale Sorde, follows his passions from his ancestral estate Val Malafrena into a turbulent wider world in the country’s capital. Thirteen additional stories, including all those originally collected as Orsinian Tales (1976), range from the Middle Ages to the collapse of the communism in 1989 to enact a range personal dramas amid larger social and historical movements. Rounding out the collection are three poems, or songs, including “Folksong from the Montayna Province,” Le Guin’s first published work, which lend additional texture to the intricate Orsinian tapestry.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9781598534931
  • Imprint: Library of America
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 700
  • RRP: $59.99

About the Authors

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin was bornin Berkley, California, in 1929, daughter of the writer Theodora Krober and theanthropologist Alfred Krober. Her published work includes twenty-one novels,eleven volumes of short stories, three collections of essays, twelve books forchildren, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. Among her novels arethe The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both winners of the Nebula and Hugoawards, Always Coming Home, winner of the 1985 Kafka Award,and Four Ways to Forgiveness. In 2009 she won her sixth Nebulaaward for Powers. She died in January 2018 aged 88.

Penguin/Puffin published the first volume ofthe Earthsea books, A Wizard of Earthsea, in 1971. The Earthsea books have been translatedinto many languages around the world and are global bestsellers.
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Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin was bornin Berkley, California, in 1929, daughter of the writer Theodora Krober and theanthropologist Alfred Krober. Her published work includes twenty-one novels,eleven volumes of short stories, three collections of essays, twelve books forchildren, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. Among her novels arethe The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both winners of the Nebula and Hugoawards, Always Coming Home, winner of the 1985 Kafka Award,and Four Ways to Forgiveness. In 2009 she won her sixth Nebulaaward for Powers. She died in January 2018 aged 88.

Penguin/Puffin published the first volume ofthe Earthsea books, A Wizard of Earthsea, in 1971. The Earthsea books have been translatedinto many languages around the world and are global bestsellers.


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