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

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Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was By Angélica Gorodischer, Ursula K. Le Guin (Translator) Cover Image
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Tales of an empire so wide it can never be traveled from border to border, accounts of a history so vast it can never be fully learned in a single head, Gorodischer's beautiful novel conveys how much of our being is composed of that which we can never fully encompass, and helps us take comfort in that terrifying unknowable exteriority - "sure, the dark is vaster than your tiny lives, yes yes it's quite scary, but come closer, here's another story of a city far to the south, where the desert and the jungles live together kindly..."

— Danny

Tales of an empire so wide it can never be traveled from border to border, accounts of a history so vast it can never be fully learned in a single head, Gorodischer's beautiful novel conveys how much of our being is composed of that which we can never fully encompass, and helps us take comfort in that terrifying unknowable exteriority - "sure, the dark is vaster than your tiny lives, yes yes it's quite scary, but come closer, here's another story of a city far to the south, where the desert and the jungles live together kindly..."

— Danny

Description


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