Kalpa Imperial, by Angélica Gorodischer, translated by Ursula K. Le Guin

Kalpa Imperial
by Angélica Gorodischer
translated by Ursula K. Le Guin


“Ursula K. Le Guin, whose novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) is one of science fiction’s finest achievements, has translated a work by the Argentine writer Angelica Gorodischer. KALPA IMPERIAL: The Greatest Empire That Never Was (Small Beer Press, paper, $16) recounts the history of an imaginary empire in a series of tales that adopt the voice of a marketplace storyteller.... While the point of each tale eludes paraphrase, the cumulative burden is the imperfectibility of human society... Le Guin’s translation, which ranges from blunt to elegant to oracular, seems like the ideal medium for this grim if inescapable message.”

Gerald Jonas
New York Times Sunday Book Review
[complete review]

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