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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, Jan 1, 1986 - Fiction - 352 pages
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In the land of Orsinia, Itale Sorde, heir to the beautiful Malafrena Valley, becomes a member of a revolutionary group and moves to the city of Krasnoy, forsaking Malafrena

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Too subtle for some, perhaps; Malafrena is one of those books that gets better and better as you reread it. For me it's a serious contender for the desert island.

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I enjoyed seeing what I suspected were the seeds of Ged and Shevek in friends Itale and Amadey, and some of Earthsea and Anarres in Malafrena. But I'm glad I read Le Guin's other books first! As a fictional history, this probably wouldn't have grabbed me. Read full review

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Arguably one of the canonical writers of American science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1929, the daughter of Alfred L. and Theodora Kroeber. After earning an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and an A.M. from Columbia University, Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1953. The genre formerly classified as 'science fiction' has become divided into sub-genres, such as fantasy, realistic fiction, alternative history, and other categories. Le Guin resists classifying her own work in any one area, saying that some of it may be called 'science fiction', while other writings may be considered 'realist' and still others 'magical realism' (her term). Le Guin is one of the few writers whose works (which include poetry and short fiction) can be found in public libraries' collections for children, young adults, and adults. Le Guin's published works include a novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, that won an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She has been nominated several times for the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award--the highest honors in science fiction/fantasy writing--and has won both awards. Her Earthsea Trilogy is a mainstay of libraries' fantasy fiction collections. Le Guin married Charles Alfred Le Guin on December 22, 1953. They live in Portland, Ore.

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