"An impressive introduction."-The Review of Contemporary Fiction "Should appeal to [Le Guin's] fans."-Library Journal (starred review) "Borges and CortAzar are alive and well."-Bridge Magazine Multiple storytellers tell of a fabled nameless empire that has risen and fallen innumerable times. Beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories. On The New York Times Summer Reading List.