Hard to Be a God

ISBN-10: 1613748280
ISBN-13: 9781613748282
Edition: 2014
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Description: Don Rumata has been sent from Earth to the medieval kingdom of Arkanar with instructions to observe and to save what he can. Masquerading as an arrogant nobleman, a dueler, and a brawler, he is never defeated, but yet he can never kill. With his  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Don Rumata has been sent from Earth to the medieval kingdom of Arkanar with instructions to observe and to save what he can. Masquerading as an arrogant nobleman, a dueler, and a brawler, he is never defeated, but yet he can never kill. With his doubt and compassion, and his deep love for a local girl named Kira, Rumata wants to save the kingdom from the machinations of Don Reba, the first minister to the king. But given his orders, what role can he play? This long overdue translation will reintroduce one of the most profound Soviet-era novels to an eager audience.

Popular science-fiction writers, the Strugatsky brothers have used the genre since the 1960s to comment on contemporary society, at times provoking major controversy. It's Hard to Be a God (1964) is a dysutopia with commentary on historical theories. The Snail on the Slope (1966--68) features a KGB-like organization and an extraordinarily oppressive atmosphere. Pre-glasnost, glasnost, some of the Strugatskys' major works had to be circulated in samizdat, but the brothers' situation is now dramatically better.

Born in London and raised in Essex, Hari Kunzru is a freelance journalist and editor living in London.

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