The Complete Orsinia

The Complete Orsinia

Now available from The Library of America.


“In a career spanning half a century, Ursula K. Le Guin has produced a body of work that testifies to her abiding faith in the power and art of words. She is perhaps best known for imagining future intergalactic worlds in brilliant books that challenge our ideas of what is natural and inevitable in human relations—and that celebrate courage, endurance, risk-taking, and above all, freedom in the face of the psychological and social forces that lead to authoritarianism and fanaticism. It is less well known that she first developed these themes in the richly imagined historical fiction collected in this volume, which inaugurates the Library of America edition of her works.”

— Brian Attebery
[Continued at Library of America]

Table of Contents

Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin



Folk Song from the Montayna Province

Red Berries (Montayna Province)

The Walls of Rákava (Polana Province)


Orsinian Tales

The Fountains

The Barrow

Ile Forest

Conversations at Night

The Road East

Brothers and Sisters

A Week in the Country

An die Musik

The House

The Lady of Moge

Imaginary Countries

Other Stories

Two Delays on the Northern Line

Unlocking the Air


Also available at Powell’s Books


Orsinia News & Reviews

Fantasy ethics: UKL’s The Complete Orsinia, by Roz Kaveny, at The Times Literary Supplement, 24 March 2017.

My Motherland: Finding—and writing—the worlds where only I had been, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Paris Review, September 2016

Argentina: Una corona para una pluma venerable: Entrevista. Ursula K. Le Guin será editada en vida por The Library of América, gran biblioteca de consagrados. Sólo cuatro escritores lo han logrado, by David Streitfeld (from NYT).

France: Ursula K. Le Guin entre dans la Library of America, par Renardeau.

France: Ursula Le Guin consacrée par la Library of America ― comme un gout de Nobel, par Clément Solym.

New Books includes a review by Christine Smallwood of Orsinian Tales. Harper’s Magazine. May require login.

Book Probe, by Joe Crowe. Revolution Science Fiction

New Adventures: 24 of the most exciting science fiction and fantasy books coming out in September, by Andrew Liptak.

Library of America celebrates the publication of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Complete Orsinia with their story of the week: “Imaginary Countries.”

The Complete Orsinia Cements Ursula K. Le Guin’s Status as a Literary Legend, by Ceridwen Christensen. Barnes & Noble

Le Guin’s Orsinia Tales Earn Prestigious Publication, by April Baer.

Ten Books You Should Read This September, by Jane Ciabattari. BBC

Consécration pour l’auteure de science-fiction Ursula K. Le Guin. Livres Hebdo

Portland’s Ursula Le Guin Just Got an Honor Only a Few Living Novelists Have Ever Received, by Matthew Korfhage. Willamette Week.

Ursula K. Le Guin Crashes the Stuffy Library of America,” by Ryan Britt. Inverse, August 30, 2016. “Ursula K. Le Guin has made a career out of smashing the fuck out of literary norms and genres with her subversive science fiction, and now, she’s finally getting some recognition from the prestigious Library of America.”

Ursula Le Guin’s ‘Orsinia’ Stories Will Be Recognized By The Library Of America & It’s A Big Deal,” by Emma Cueto. Bustle, 29 August 2016. “If you’re an Ursula Le Guin fan, you can rest assured that her work will live on forever — or at least as long as the durable volumes of the Library of America last. That’s right: The Library of America is inaugurating an Ursula Le Guin collection this September. And the book they’re starting with may surprise you.”

Le Guin – The Complete Orsinia (Malafrena, Songs and Stories) Edited by Brian Attebery.” Authorlink, 29 August 2016

Ursula Le Guin Has Earned a Rare Honor,” by David Streitfeld, The New York Times. 29 August 2016


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