The Winged Histories

The Winged Histories

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First trade paperback edition
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"Four women, soldier, scholar, poet, and socialite are caught up on different sides of a violent rebellion. As war erupts and their families are torn apart, they fear they may disappear into the unwritten pages of history. Using the sword and the pen, the body and the voice, they struggle not just to survive, but to make history. Praise for The Winged Histories: "Like an alchemist, Sofia Samatar spins golden landscapes and dazzling sentences ... a fantasy novel for those who take their sentences with the same slow, unfolding beauty as a cup of jasmine tea, and for adventurers like Tav, who are willing to charge ahead into the unknown."--Shelf Awareness (starred review) "A highly recommended indulgence."--N.K. Jemisin, New York Times Book Review "Above all, it's a story about love-the terrible love that tears lives apart. Doomed love; impossible love; love that requires a rewriting of the rules, be it for a country, a person, or a story."-Jenn Northington, "An imaginative, poetic, and dark meditation on how history gets made." -Hello Beautiful Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories and a collection, Tender: Stories. She has written for the Guardian, Strange Horizons, New Inquiry, Believer, and Clarkesworld, among others, and has won the John W. Campbell Award, the Crawford Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award. She lives in Virginia and her website is"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, 2017
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781618731371
Characteristics: 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm


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Book of the Week, March 4: “Written in such heart-stoppingly beautiful language there’s a good chance readers will ignore the plot and spend a few hours just chewing on the words, slowly…”-N.K. Jemisin. Four women—Tav, a soldier, Tialon, a scholar, Seren, a poet, and Siski, a noble—share their r... Read More »

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Aug 06, 2016

Somali-American writer Sofia Samatar deservedly won many awards for her dazzling fantasy novel A Stranger in Olondria, which drew on her experience teaching English in her father’s homeland to explore colonialism, religious conflict, and the love of books in new ways. The companion novel, The Winged Histories, tells the stories of four women on different sides of the conflict that erupted in the first book: Tav, the cross-dressing general who starts the civil war; Tialon, the religious scholar whom readers will remember as the best character in the 1st book; Seren, Tav's lover, a poet who grapples with the good and bad of her nomadic people’s traditional ways; and Siski, a socialite with a secret of state importance. As always, Samatar’s work, which explores the different ways women’s stories are told and not told, is brainy and beautifully written; you don’t need to have read the first book, though I personally found it helpful. The Winged Histories took a bit longer to get into that Stranger, but was well worth it. Highly recommended!


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