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I got no story, Ma”, says Peter in this story, but despite the political reality and his own protagonist’s resolved words, Baldwin insists: not to overcome, not to keep silent, but make a big deal, make a story out of it.
In a story which consists of two parts, Herman Melville – the great American autor – tells of two ways of being, each closed within its borders, each in its own way: the Londonian circle of free bachelors, and the society of women laborers at a one of its kind paper factory in America.
Nominated for the 1996 Nebula Award for Best Novella, this spectacular blend of dystopian fiction and philosophical rumination describes a 29th century shipwreck and one man’s reaction to this near-death experience. It also provides an excellent introduction to one of Britain’s most respected and prolific contemporary sci-fi voices.
Young Juanito is given an incomprehensible deed to execute, which leaves the fate of his entire family in his hands. “El Verdugo” – the executioner – is a dramatic tale based, according to its author, on an actual incident from the days of Napoleon’s war in Spain.