Romance, murder, freedom, blood-sacrifice, the terrors of tyranny and the insatiable need for human love, these are just some of the eternal themes dealt with in this richly varied collection of stories. Gliding back and forth in time, here is an imaginary country inhabited by imaginary people whose hopes, fears, passions and despairs are brought vividly to life by Ursula Le Guin's brilliant power of perception and sensitivity.
Now, for the first time, this award-winning author brings to mainstream fiction the same virtuosity and vaulting imagination that won her such an exalted place in the realm of science fiction.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was an American author. She has written novels, poetry, children's books, essays, and short stories, most notably in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
Le Guin was first published in the 1960s. Her works explore philosophical, psychological and sociological themes. She has received several Hugo and Nebula awards, and was awarded the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003.
Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of the anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. Her father was granted the first Ph.D. in Anthropology in the United States in 1901 (Columbia University). She