By Ursula K. Le Guin

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"It is the author's extra critical paintings that monitors her skills most sensible. . . . [A] elegant and precious collection."—Publishers Weekly

"A grasp of the craft."—Neil Gaiman

The Unreal and the true is a two-volume collection of Ursula okay. Le Guin's most sensible tales. it's a much-anticipated occasion and there's no doubt it is going to pride, amuse, and impress. the place on the earth explores Le Guin's satirical, dicy, political, and experimental earthbound stories.

Ursula okay. Le Guin has acquired the PEN–Malamud and nationwide publication Awards, between others. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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