Ursula K Le Guin

  • Terremer

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Illustré par Charles VessTerremer est un lieu magique et ensorcelé. Une mer immense recouverte d'un chapelet d'îles où les sorciers pratiquent la magie selon des règles très strictes. On y suit les aventures de Ged, un éleveur de chèvres qui, au terme d'une longue initiation, deviendra l'Archimage le plus puissant de Terremer, mais aussi celles de Tenar, haute prêtresse du temple des Innommables de l'île d'Atuan, de Tehanu, la fille-dragon, et de Aulne le sorcier qui refait chaque nuit le même rêve terrifiant. Autour de la grande histoire gravitent des contes qui enrichissent et explorent ce monde où enchanteurs et dragons se côtoient.Cette édition intégrale et illustrée de Terremer réunit les romans qui ont fait le succès de ce cycle mythique et emblématique de l'oeuvre d'Ursula K. Le Guin, ainsi que deux nouvelles inédites en France et une introduction de l'auteur écrite spécialement pour cette édition.Nul doute que, par son imaginaire, Ursula K. Le Guin a éveillé les plus nobles qualités de ses lecteurs. Xavier Mauméjean, Le Monde.Un monument de la fantasy. ActuSF.Ursula K. Le Guin est l'une des figures les plus importantes de l'imaginaire. LePointPop.Une icône de la littérature. Stephen King.Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Isabelle Delord-Philippe, Pierre-Paul Durastanti, Patrick Dusoulier, Sébastien Guillot, Philippe R. Hupp, Françoise Maillet.

  • Sur Gethen, la planète glacée que les premiers envoyés ont baptisée Hiver, il n'y a ni hommes ni femmes, seulement des êtres humains.
    Des androgynes qui, dans certaines circonstances, adoptent les caractères de l'un ou l'autre sexe. Les sociétés nombreuses qui se partagent Gethen portent toutes la marque de cette indifférenciation sexuelle.
    LoeEnvoyé venu de la Terre, qui passe pour un monstre aux yeux des Géthéniens, parviendra-t-il à leur faire entendre le message de l'Ekumen ?
    Ce splendide roman a obtenu le prix Hugo et à consacré Ursula le Guin comme un des plus grands talents de la science-fiction.

  • Ici, il y a des dragons. Il y a des enchanteurs, une mer immense et des îles. Ged, simple gardien de chèvres sur l'île de Gont, a le don. Il va devenir au terme d'une longue initiation, en traversant nombre d'épreuves redoutables, le plus grand sorcier de Terremer, l'Archimage. Ce volume réunit les trois premiers livres de Terremer, Le Sorcier de Terremer, Les Tombeaux d'Atuan et L'Ultime Rivage, dans une traduction soigneusement révisée et complétée par Patrick Dusoulier.Le cycle de Terremer a inspiré le splendide film d'animation de Goro Miyazaki, Les Contes de Terremer. Ursula Le Guin est l'un des plus célèbres auteurs de fantasy et de science-fiction. On a pu lire d'elle dans la même collection La Main gauche de la nuit, Les Dépossédés, qui ont obtenu tous les deux le prix Hugo, et Le Dit d'Aka suivi de Le nom du monde est forêt, également couronné par le prix Hugo.

  • Collection dirigée par Gérard Klein Les Shing ont assuré sur la Terre, depuis des siècles, leur dictature bienveillante. Ils tolèrent tout, sauf le meurtre. Maîtres des illusions, ils ont comme anesthésié l'humanité. Pour son bien, prétendent-ils. Sont-ils eux-mêmes, comme ils le laissent croire, des humains, ou bien des envahisseurs extraterrestres ? L'humanité recouvrera-t-elle le contrôle de son destin ? La réponse et la solution viendront de l'espace. Ce roman flamboyant constitue le troisième volet du célèbre cycle de l'Ekumen, après Le Monde de Rocannon et Planète d'exil, avant La Main gauche de la nuit et Les Dépossédés qui valurent à Ursula Le Guin les prix Hugo et Nebula.

  • Dans le vaste univers de l'Ekumen, tout voyage prend des années. Difficile de garder des relations avec sa famille et ses amis lorsque l'on doit passer d'une planète à l'autre. La galaxie est une mosaïque d'histoires humaines...
    Jusqu'au jour où on découvre par hasard l'effet Churten, une sorte de transport instantané, abolissant les distances comme jamais entre les mondes. Encore faut-il le maîtriser et l'utiliser à bon escient...
    S'inscrivant dans le cycle grandiose de l'Ekumen, ces trois histoires racontent la découverte de cette nouvelle technologie, ses premiers essais, ses premières réussites et ses premiers drames.
    Née en 1929 à Berkeley en Californie, Ursula K. Le Guin est une des grandes dames de la science-fiction. Elle a collectionné les prix pendant toute sa carrière notamment avec ses deux cycles majeurs, l'Ekumen et Terremer.
    Ces dernières années, elle est entrée au panthéon de la littérature américaine en étant choisie pour faire partie de la Library of America, une maison d'édition prestigieuse publiant des classiques sur le modèle de La Pléiade, et en recevant la médaille de la National Book Foundation, pour son impact sur l'héritage littéraire des États-Unis.

  • Collection dirigée par Gérard KleinLorsque George Orr dort, il rêve, comme tout un chacun. Mais lorsqu'il se réveille, au contraire de ce qui se passe habituellement, il découvre que ses rêves ont changé le monde. Et parce qu'il lui arrive aussi de faire des cauchemars, le monde réel se retrouve ravagé par des guerres nucléaires et envahi par des extraterrestres. George Orr doit-il se débarrasser d'un aussi terrifiant pouvoir ? Ou bien doit-il l'utiliser dans l'intention redoutable d'améliorer le sort des humains ? Un des romans majeurs d'Ursula Le Guin, la grande dame de la science-fiction américaine, qui a obtenu plusieurs fois les prix Hugo et Nebula.

  • La plupart des grands romans de science-fiction d´Ursula Le Guin se situent dans le cadre galactique de l´Ekumen. Ainsi La Main gauche de la nuit (Prix Hugo et Nebula), Les Dépossédés (Prix Hugo et Nebula), Le nom du monde est forêt (Prix Hugo) et Le Dit d´Aka, tous publiés dans la collection « Ailleurs & Demain ».
    L´Ekumen a été créé il y a des centaines de milliers d´années à partir de la planète Hain. Dans ces temps reculés, les Hainiens, de type humain, ont essaimé sur une multitude de planètes, dont la Terre. Et dans les premiers temps de leur civilisation, ils se sont livrés à des expériences génétiques et sociologiques, et ont dispersé à travers l´univers différentes sortes d´humains. Puis ils se sont désintéressés de ces expériences. Saisis de remords devant le caractère pervers de certaines et assumant leurs responsabilités, ils ont repris contact, longtemps après, avec ces mondes et interviennent avec douceur et patience pour corriger les excès les plus extrêmes.
    Ce cadre donne à Le Guin l´occasion de décrire des sociétés très différentes, notamment du point de vue de la sexualité, trop rarement abordée dans la science-fiction. Sept sur les huit nouvelles de ce recueil de pure science-fiction appartiennent au cycle de Hain. Par exemple, La question de Seggri se déroule sur un monde où naît un garçon pour seize filles. La situation des hommes, qui vivent dans des châteaux et passent leur existence en jeux, semble d´abord idyllique jusqu´à ce que l´on comprenne que les femmes, en fait, détiennent tout le pouvoir...
    Comme elle l´explique clairement dans une brève préface, Ursula le Guin n´a pas créé cet Ekumen de façon systématique, mais elle l´a plutôt exploré en ethnologue de la fiction, et il s´est constitué peu à peu dans un certain désordre avoué. Ce désordre correspond à l´immensité de l´espace et du temps considérés. Un lien narratif est assuré par les agents Hainiens qui explorent ces mondes, les Mobiles, et par les travaux des archivistes sur Hain, les Stabiles.

  • Avec La Main gauche de la nuit et Les Dépossédés, qui reçurent tous les deux les prix Hugo et Nebula, Ursula Le Guindevint l'un des plus fameux auteurs de science-fiction américains. Elle avait construit en cinq romans, à travers le cycle de Hain, l'une des plus remarquables Histoires du futur. Mais elle décida d'explorer un autre univers. Celui de Terremer compte plusieurs romans et recueils de nouvelles. Voici Tehanu, qui signifie flèche dans la langue d'Atuan et qui est aussi le nom d'une étoile. Tenar est devenue femme. Elle a conservé de ses aventures précédentes de redoutables pouvoirs : celui de guérir les corps et les âmes et celui de parler aux dragons. Tehanu, comme les autres livres du cycle de Terremer, relève de la fantasy. Mais ici la magie s'enseigne et se pratique comme une science et, de même que les humains, les dragons ont aussi des sentiments. L'écriture est un enchantement.

  • In a richly imagined, beautiful new novel, an acclaimed writer gives an epic heroine her voice In The Aeneid, Vergils hero fights to claim the kings daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.
    Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom, until suitors come. Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus. But omens and prophecies spoken by the sacred springs say she must marry a foreigner--that she will be the cause of a bitter war--and that her husband will not live long. When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands. And so she tells us what Vergil did not: the story of her life, and of the love of her life.
    Lavinia is a book of passion and war, generous and austerely beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her powers.

  • The Left Hand of DarknessSutty, an Observer from Earth for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to a new world-a world in the grips of a stern monolithic state, the Corporation. Embracing the sophisticated technology brought by other worlds and desiring to advance even faster into the future, the Akans recently outlawed the past, the old calligraphy, certain words, all ancient beliefs and ways; every citizen must now be a producer-consumer. Their state, not unlike the China of the Cultural Revolution, is one of secular terrorism. Traveling from city to small town, from loudspeakers to bleating cattle, Sutty discovers the remnants of a banned religion, a hidden culture. As she moves deeper into the countryside and the desolate mountains, she learns more about the Telling-the old faith of the Akans-and more about herself. With her intricate creation of an alien world, Ursula K. Le Guin compels us to reflect on our own recent history.

  • "Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement; he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable."-- from Changing PlanesThe misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes--not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.
    Winner of the PEN/Malamud for Short Stories

  • Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools, and temples. But that was long ago, and the conquerors of this coastal city consider reading and writing to be acts punishable by death. And they believe the Oracle House, where the last few undestroyed books are hidden, is seething with demons. But to seventeen-year-old Memer, the house is the only place where she feels truly safe. Then an Uplands poet named Orrec and his wife, Gry, arrive, and everything in Memer's life begins to change. Will she and the people of Ansul at last be brave enough to rebel against their oppressors? Includes an interview with the author and a teaser to the third book in the series, Powers.

  • Owen is seventeen and smart. He knows what he wants to do with his life. But then he meets Natalie and he realizes he doesn't know anything much at all.
    A slender, realistic story of a young man's coming of age, Very Far Away from Anywhere Else is one of the most inspiring novels Ursula K. Le Guin has ever published.

  • The tales of this book, as Ursula K. Le Guin writes in her introduction, explore or extend the world established by her first four Earthsea novels. Yet each stands on its own."The Finder," a novella set a few hundred years before A Wizard of Earthsea, presents a dark and troubled Archipelago and shows how some of its customs and institutions came to be. "The Bones of the Earth" features the wizards who taught the wizard who first taught Ged and demonstrates how humility, if great enough, can contend with an earthquake. "Darkrose and Diamond" is a delightful story of young courtship showing that wizards sometimes pursue alternative careers. "On the High Marsh" tells of the love of power-and of the power of love. "Dragonfly" shows how a determined woman can break the glass ceiling of male magedom.
    Concluding with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages, literature, and magic, this collection also features two new maps of Earthsea. This ebook includes a sample chapter of THE OTHER WIND.

  • The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land-where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman.The threat can be confronted only in the Immanent Grove on Roke, the holiest place in the world and there the king, hero, sage, wizard, and dragon make a last stand.Le Guin combines her magical fantasy with a profoundly human, earthly, humble touch.

  • Scattered among poor, desolate farms, the clans of the Uplands possess gifts. Wondrous gifts: the ability--with a glance, a gesture, a word--to summon animals, bring forth fire, move the land. Fearsome gifts: They can twist a limb, chain a mind, inflict a wasting illness. The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another. Two young people, friends since childhood, decide not to use their gifts. One, a girl, refuses to bring animals to their death in the hunt. The other, a boy, wears a blindfold lest his eyes and his anger kill.
    In this beautifully crafted story, Ursula K. Le Guin writes of the proud cruelty of power, of how hard it is to grow up, and of how much harder still it is to find, in the world's darkness, gifts of light.Includes a reader's guide and a sample chapter from the companion title Voices.

  • Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance. This ebook includes a sample chapter of THE TOMBS OF ATUAN.

  • A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer’s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Le Guin lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. Each chapter combines illustrative examples from the global canon with Le Guin’s own witty commentary and an exercise that the writer can do solo or in a group. She also offers a comprehensive guide to working in writing groups, both actual and online. Masterly and concise, Steering the Craft deserves a place on every writer's shelf.

  • Winner of the Hugo and Nebula AwardsA groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.

  • 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 richly imagined historical fiction set in the imaginary East European country of Orsinia, including the enchanting stories collected in Orsinian Tales. These brilliantly rendered stories recount episodes of personal drama set against a history that spans Orsinia’s emergence as an independent kingdom in the twelfth century to its absorption by the eastern Bloc after World War ii. Here is a dimension of Le Guin's extraordinary literary imagination that will surprise and delight readers. Complete with a newly researched chronology of the author's life and career.

  • Anglais Malafrena

    Ursula K Le Guin

    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 richly imagined historical fiction, including the brilliant early novel Malafrena. An epic meditation on the meaning of hope and freedom, love and duty, Malafrena takes place from 1825 to 1830 in the imaginary East European country of Orsinia, then a part of the Austrian Empire, a nation which, like its near neighbors Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Romania, has a long and vivid history of oppression, art, and revolution. itale Sorde, the idealistic heir to Val Malafrena, an estate in the rural western provinces of Orsinia, leaves home against his father’s wishes to work as a journalist in the cosmopolitan capital city of Krasnoy, where he plays an integral part in the revolutionary politics that are roiling Europe. Complete with a newly researched chronology of Le Guin's life and career.

  • Anglais Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

    Ursula K Le Guin

    No other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the genre, has studied the Tao Te Ching for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations and worked with Chinese scholars to develop a version that lets the ancient text speak in a fresh way to modern people, while remaining faithful to the poetic beauty of the work. Avoiding scholarly interpretations and esoteric Taoist insights, she has revealed the Tao Te Ching's immediate relevance and power, its depth and refreshing humor, in a way that shows better than ever before why it has been so much loved for more than 2,500 years. Included are Le Guin's own personal commentary and notes on the text. This new version is sure to be welcomed by the many readers of the Tao Te Ching as well as those coming to the text for the first time.

  • Here for the first time is the complete suite of five linked stories from Ursula K. Le Guin’s acclaimed Hainish series, which tells the history of the Ekumen, the galactic confederation of human colonies founded by the planet Hain. First published in 1995 as Four Ways to Forgiveness, and now joined by a fifth story, Five Ways to Forgiveness focuses on the twin planets Werel and Yeowe, two worlds whose peoples, long known as “owners” and “assets,” together face an uncertain future after civil war and revolution.
    In “Betrayals” a retired science teacher must make peace with her new neighbor, a disgraced revolutionary leader. In “Forgiveness Day,” a female official from the Ekumen arrives to survey the situation on Werel and struggles against its rigidly patriarchal culture. Embedded within "A Man of the People,” which describes the coming of age of Havzhiva, an Ekumen ambassador to Yeowe, is Le Guin’s most sustained description of the Ur-planet Hain. "A Woman’s Liberation” is the remarkable narrative of Rakam, born an asset on Werel, who must twice escape from slavery to freedom. Joined to them is “Old Music and the Slave Women,” in which the charismatic Hainish embassy worker, who appears in two of the four original stories, returns for a tale of his own. Of this capstone tale Le Guin has written, “the character called Old Music began to tell me a fifth tale about the latter days of the civil war . . . I’m glad to see it joined to the others at last.”

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