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Tales Of The Dying Earth (Anglais) Broché – 13 avril 2000
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Présentation de l'éditeur
The fourth in the Fantasy Masterworks series, the Dying Earth saga inspired writers like Michael Moorcock and Gene Wolfe, who freely acknowledges his debt to Vance in his own Book of the New Sun.
Here, in one volume, is Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author Jack Vance's classic Dying Earth saga comprising The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga and Rhialto the Marvellous. Travel to a far distant future, when the sun bleeds red in a dark sky, where magic and science is one, and the Earth has but a few short decades to live ...
Biographie de l'auteur
Jack Vance (1916-2013)
John Holbrook Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining, engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Masters, for which he won his first Hugo Award, Big Planet, The Anome, and the Lyonesse sequence. He has won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, amongst others, and in 1997 was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
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La Terre est sur le point de mourrir,la technologie un reve lointain et la magie redecouverte, puis perdue a nouveau .. sauf quelques sorts.
Une fois le livre commence on ne peux plus s'arreter.
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For them, I suppose a quote from the Dying Earth is in order, “I understand the gist of your speculation,' said Rhialto. 'It is most likely nuncupatory.”
Vance is a giant. His works are both unique and foundational. Should you look, you will find his influence everywhere. Find what authors of the fantasy and sci-fi genres have to say, and you will discover that he is an author's author. Neil Gaiman sings him praises. Gene Wolfe shows Vance's inspiration upon him by way of his acclaimed Books of the New Sun.
Much of Dungeons and Dragons is based upon the work of Jack Vance.
The Dying Earth is a wonderful setting that demonstrates the quirks and foibles of human nature. The dialogue in the books is witty, lively, and its like can be found nowhere else.
The works spark and flare with imagination, and thus dazzle and delight. The extremes found within will make you look askance at the book and laugh at their absurdity. You will find depravity, insanity, virtue, and love.
Where else can you find a scoundrel like Cugel the Clever as a protagonist? A character you know you should loathe but you cannot help but root for?
Most of all, Vance's books are engaging and just plain *fun*.
For people who just don't get it... I have to say, well, I just don't get how they just don't get it. It's right there, and it's wonderful. But, I guess there is just no accounting for some differences between human beings. It is all one.
After all, some people don't like pizza... I find the matter... suspicious.
The first of these novels was written in 1950, and features extremely imaginitive and advanced ideas for the time.
I suggest it highly to anyone interested in the development of fantasy literature: Dying Earth was an important formative influence on D&D, and by extension; the rest of modern fantasy.
It also blurs the distiction between fantasy and Science fiction. The narration is very whimsical and fairy-tale-like, and it uses the far-future settign to support very fantastical and allegorical ideas. But this story is also hard speculative fiction about technology and how it defines the world. In this case, the technology is Magic, explained as a technology which no-one properly understands. But characters can ape it well enough, and so enjoy its effect in their world.
Am I the only one who sees this novel as a less-cartoony equivalent of AdventureTime?
The Dying Earth is a succession of linked short stories, with the protangonist of story A becoming a bit player in story B, and so on. The chapters cover the adventures of Turjan, Mazirian, the "sisters" T'sain and T'sais, Liane the Wayfarer - and the unforgettable Chun the unavoidable.
The real jewel of the collection - although this is to distinguish Miss Universe from the mere runners-up - is the centre novels Overworld and Saga, both of which deal with Cujel the Clever (admittedly self-titled) who is not so clever after all, as a rule. Cugel is a thief, swindler, rogue, and rake, who is motivated by greed, lust and revenge. Both novels are about Cugel's long quest to avenge himself on Iucounu the Laughing Magician, who had the temerity to catch Cujel robbing his manse, and set him a hard task as penance.
Cugel's view of the world is unique - his ego astonishing, his cunning low. Yet, he somehow manages to escape any danger, usually without funds, treasure, or willing woman.
Rhialto the Marvellous is a last collection of 3 stories, after the magician of the same name. Rhialto is more sinned against than sinner, although a cursory thought about the state of witches in the world - ie, there are none, as is made clear by the first tale - shows him as no saint. Rhialto deals with potential ensqualmation, jealousy and more in his comparatively simple life.
All of these characters are individuals, well written and placed in an intriguing world. Vance is a true wordsmith, both in the creation of dry, witty dialogue and in the description of the dying earth itself. There are layers of meaning and imagery in each sentence - sometimes, it seems, in each word - and it is a joy to read, even if a dictionary is required on occasion.
These are pure stories - nominally "fantasy" or "science fiction" or whatever - but really modern adult fables. They are about people, and human nature, and the flaws that come with being human. There is no preaching or exhortation to self-improvement; what is, is, and this book can simply be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys reading.