The Unreal and the Real, Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin Volume 1 by Ursula K. Le Guin
Where on Earth

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For fifty years, National Book Award winner Ursula K. Le Guin’s stories have shaped the way her readers see the world. Her work gives voice to the voiceless, hope to the outsider, and speaks truth to power. Le Guin’s writing is witty, wise, both sly and forthright; she is a master craftswoman.

This two-volume selection of almost forty stories taken from her eleven collections was made by Le Guin herself, as was the organizing principle of splitting the stories into the nominally realistic and fantastic.

Where on Earth focuses on Le Guin’s interest in realism and magic realism and includes many of Le Guin’s satirical, political, and experimental earthbound stories.

Highlights include World Fantasy and Hugo Award winner “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight,” the rarely reprinted satirical short, “The Lost Children,” and the title story of her Pulitzer Prize finalist collection Unlocking the Air.

Stories in this volume were originally published in venues as varied as Playboy, TriQuarterly, Orbit, Redbook, and

The New Yorker.


Companion volume Outer Space Inner Lands includes Le Guin’s best known nonrealistic stories.

Both volumes include new introductions by the author.

The Unreal and the Real is a much-anticipated event which will delight, amuse, and provoke.

Oregon Book Award winner.

 

About Ursula K. Le Guin

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Ursula K. Le Guin: Ursula K. Le Guin has published eleven short story collections, twenty-one novels, essays, poetry, translations, and books for children, and has received the PEN-Malamud and National Book Awards, among others. Also due this year is Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, OR.
 
Published November 20, 2012 by Small Beer Press. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Drawing from works already printed in well-known collections, Le Guin looks at lives in such settings as desolate blue-collar towns and the crumbling Soviet empire, often constrained and oppressed, offered promises of liberation betrayed by politics and weakness but not without occasional moments...

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Second of a two-volume set, this bare-bones collection focuses on SFWA Grand Master Le Guin’s overtly fantastic visions.

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Le Guin's genre-spanning fiction has earned her acclaim from a wide range of readers. This new two-volume collection showcases her realistic and fantastic sides alike, but also illustrates the blurred lines between the two.

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Spanning two volumes, The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula Le Guin is the first major retrospective collection of Le Guin’s short fiction—something that’s been a long time coming, considering her significant contributions to the world of American letters.

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