Russian fantasy writers pay a tribute to Ursula Le Guin
On the 22nd of January, the world lost the beloved fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin. Known mostly for her Earthsea fantasy series, she was a bright star of fantasy and science fiction.
The LitWorld team and its authors express their deepest condolences to the family and fans of a great woman and a talented fantasy writer.
Who doesn’t know “A Wizard of Earthsea” and its author?
I’ve spent many hours with Ursula’s books. There was a nice library in our summer camp, where I was staying during the summertime in my childhood. I was totally lost in her fantasy world while reading her books. I personally re-read the book “A Wizard” six times. After I realized that there were other books from the series, I started searching through bookstores and libraries of my hometown.
I grew up with Ursula Le Guin’s books. She was a great author with an incredible imagination. She was an author whose books you can read at any age and always discover something new.
It is a great loss for every fantasy fan and for an entire generation. It is a personal tragedy for those who grew up with her books in their hands. The world grieves today, saying “goodbye” to a modern great like Ursula Le Guin.
Today Ursula Le Guin has left forever. Fantasy and science fiction existed before her too, but she was one of those who marked its development in the second half of the 20th century. Earthsea, Hainish Cycle, Orsinian Tales — a book lover of any genre immediately starts smiling just from hearing these titles, ecstatic to get their hands on something by Le Guin.
Ursula was one of the first writers who was translated and published in Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain. J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, and Michael John Moorcock were a trio who showed me as a boy what fantasy should look like! She was one of the greats who led me into the world of fantasy.
Despite this loss, I believe that good writers don’t die. They simply just set of to the world that was created in their imagination. Each writers’ life depends on their talent. If this is truly the case, we shouldn’t worry about Le Guin. I like to imagine that she is somewhere in the Earthsea now, on Roke island. She is admiring a sunset, sitting on a rock, as the sea splashes at her feet.
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