Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar


Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria is a perfect example of a work that uses fantasy literature to explore some pretty heady themes in a beautiful way. Samatar’s novel examines the power of words and literacy through the story of Jevick, the son of a wealthy pepper merchant. Jevick bears a powerful interest in the country of Olondria, and when Jevick’s father dies, he finds himself taking a pilgrimage to Olondria, where he is thrust into a community in flux. A religious war looms, with traditions of literacy representative of the disagreement. Olondria examines some vividly human themes, indeed, examines humanity itself with prose as described by  Troy L. Wiggins as so beautiful that you’ll be recalling passages in your sleep

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