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Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

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Overview

In medieval Baghdad, a penniless man is brought before the most powerful man in the world, the caliph himself, to tell his story. It begins with a walk in the bazaar, but soon grows into a tale unlike any other told in the caliph's empire. It's a story that includes not just buried treasure and a band of thieves, but also men haunted by their past and others trapped by their future; it includes not just a beloved wife and a veiled seductress, but also long journeys taken by caravan and even longer ones taken with...
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Overview

In medieval Baghdad, a penniless man is brought before the most powerful man in the world, the caliph himself, to tell his story. It begins with a walk in the bazaar, but soon grows into a tale unlike any other told in the caliph's empire. It's a story that includes not just buried treasure and a band of thieves, but also men haunted by their past and others trapped by their future; it includes not just a beloved wife and a veiled seductress, but also long journeys taken by caravan and even longer ones taken with a single step. Above all, it's a story about recognizing the will of Allah and accepting it, no matter what form it takes.
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This curious time-travel novella from Hugo-winner Chiang (Stories of Your Life and Others) is a gracefully told lesson about accepting fateā€”or, as better suits this medieval Arabian setting, the will of Allah. A Baghdad merchant discovers an alchemical device that can send a traveler back in time 20 years. Despite the alchemist's warning that "what is made cannot be unmade," and three illustrative tales about others' attempts to alter the past, the merchant is determined to return to an earlier time to save his long-dead wife. Half lyrical Arabian Nights legend and half old school cautionary SF tale, this skillfully written story and its theme of insurmountable fate may comfort as many readers as it makes uncomfortable. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596061002
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Excellent

    Chiang does the magic here and delivers the goods. A well plotted story with interesting characters that keeps you flipping pages. If your an sf fan this will be money well spent, if your not you'll still love it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    A beautifully told story with excellent characters and strong th

    A beautifully told story with excellent characters and strong themes. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Spellbinding and clever

    Amazing time travel story.

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