Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was (Paperback)

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A wonderfully imaginative, playful, and satisfying journey through a mythical, shifting fantasy world. Pure magic.

— Justin

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Ursula K. Le Guin chose to translate this novel which was on the New York Times Summer Reading list and winner of the Prix Imaginales, M's All , Poblet and Sigfrido Radaelli awards.

This
is the first of Argentinean writer Ang lica Gorodischer's award-winning
books to be translated into English. In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial's
multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire
which has risen and fallen innumerable times. Fairy tales, oral
histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into
Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become
dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories.

But this
is much more than a simple political allegory or fable. It is also a
celebration of the power of storytelling. Gorodischer and translator
Ursula K. Le Guin are a well-matched, sly and delightful team of
magician-storytellers. Rarely have author and translator been such an
effortless pairing. Kalpa Imperial is a powerful introduction to
the writing of Ang lica Gorodischer, a novel which will enthrall readers
already familiar with the worlds of Le Guin.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781931520058
ISBN-10: 1931520054
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2003
Pages: 246
Language: English