Malafrena by Ursula K. Le Guin

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First edition of Le Guin's historical novel, set in the fictional country of her "Orsinian Tales." "Malafrena" tells the story of Itale Sorde, the son of the owner of an estate on a lake called Malafrena in a valley of the same name. Itale leaves the estate, against his father's will, to seek adventure. He becomes engaged in nationalistic and revolutionary politics in the Austrian Empire of the early 1800's. Perhaps an homage to 19th century Russian literature, the story shares themes with the author's previous sf novel, "The Dispossessed."
 

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Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published October 1, 1979 by Putnam. 369 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The fictional evocation of any milieu should bear a certain responsibility to the question--"What would it be like to live there?"--and no one has a clearer sense of this responsibility than the science-fiction writer Ursula Le Guin;

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