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Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Aug 08, 11


My friend and I have had an ongoing discussion about Cloud Atlas and Years of Rice and Salt, both of which range through vast swaths of time but with very different agendas. This book, and series of mostly unconnected stories set in the same fictitious country located in the middle of the real central Europe, makes a fine addition to that conversation: from the medieval past to the present (the late 1960s, in this case), the events in the lives of a few mostly inconsequential people is set against the backdrop of modern Western history, ever so slightly refracted. Brilliant stuff.
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