A Stranger in Olondria

A Stranger in Olondria

Being the Complete Memoirs of the Mystic, Jevick of Tyom

Book - 2012
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Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, Jevick's life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. But just as he revels in Olondria's Rabelaisian Feast of Birds, he is pulled drastically off course and becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl. In desperation, Jevick seeks the aid of Olondrian priests and quickly becomes a pawn in the struggle between the empire's two most powerful cults. Yet even as the country shimmers on the cusp of war, he must face his ghost and learn her story before he has any chance of becoming free by setting her free: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that seductive necromancy, reading.
Publisher: Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press ; [Minneapolis] : Distributed to the trade by Consortium, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781618730626
Characteristics: 299 p. : map ; 23 cm


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Mar 18, 2018

A luminous, impassioned, heady poetry, residing somewhere on the borders of A Thousand And One Nights and The God of Small Things. Samatar's authentic and vivid emotional landscapes, glowing descriptions and world building go down like fine Porto and linger long afterwards.

Nov 12, 2014

This novel just won the 2014 World Fantasy Award.


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