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The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories
The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories
The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories
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The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories

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For more than four decades, Ursula K. Le Guin has enthralled readers with her imagination, clarity, and moral vision. The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, this renowned writer has, in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity.

Here are stories that explore complex social interactions and troublesome issues of gender and sex; that define and defy notions of personal relationships and of society itself; that examine loyalty, survival, and introversion; that bring to light the vicissitudes of slavery and the meaning of transformation, religion, and history.

The first six tales in this spectacular volume are set in the author's signature world of the Ekumen, "my pseudo-coherent universe with holes in the elbows," as Le Guin describes it -- a world made familiar in her award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness. The seventh, title story was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "remarkable . . . a standout." The final offering in the collection, Paradises Lost, is a mesmerizing novella of space exploration and the pursuit of happiness.

In her foreword, Ursula K. Le Guin writes, "to create difference-to establish strangeness-then to let the fiery arc of human emotion leap and close the gap: this acrobatics of the imagination fascinates and satisfies me as no other." In The Birthday of the World, this gifted literary acrobat exhibits a dazzling array of skills that will fascinate and satisfy us all.

LangueEnglish
Date de sortie13 oct. 2009
ISBN9780061803925
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Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was a celebrated author whose body of work includes 23 novels, 12 volumes of short stories, 11 volumes of poetry, 13 children’s books, five essay collections, and four works of translation. The breadth and imagination of her work earned her six Nebula Awards, seven Hugo Awards, and SFWA’s Grand Master, along with the PEN/Malamud and many other award. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2016 joined the short list of authors to be published in their lifetimes by the Library of America.

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  • Évaluation : 5 sur 5 étoiles
    5/5
    Wonderfully imaginative, complex sci-fi by the master: the stories concern gender roles, ecology, sexuality, the religious impulse. What if you could switch genders at any time? What if sex was formalized; ritualized. How would observers from a planetary system get involved with the society they're sent to observe. How does custom intersect with love, romantic and otherwise. What would it be like to inhabit a planet after you've spent your life confined to a spaceship? What is it like to live as a slave, to have secret systems of survival? To be a political prisoner? To be rescued from torture? To think you're god, and then to be supplanted. LeGuin creates intricate worlds from these questions.
  • Évaluation : 5 sur 5 étoiles
    5/5
    Entrancing, enthralling, visionary.
  • Évaluation : 3 sur 5 étoiles
    3/5
    Le Guin once again shows her mastery of sociological imagination with a collection that has stories tanging from a Gethenian's first kemmering to a novella of life on a generation ship.
    She writes as a more sumptuous Clarke.
  • Évaluation : 5 sur 5 étoiles
    5/5
    My favorite story was "Solitude", but as a huge Left Hand of Darkness fan "Coming of age in Karhide" had a special place in my heart, and "Paradises Lost" was just exquisite. Ursula does it again.
  • Évaluation : 4 sur 5 étoiles
    4/5
    The Gethen and space ship stories were fucking BRILLIANT. The Yeowe and O stories were okay.