The Years of Rice and Salt : A Novel
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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With the incomparable vision and breathtaking detail that brought his now classic Mars trilogy of living life, successful author of KIM STANLEY ROBINSON boldly imagines an alternative story of the last seven hundred yearsIn his most grandiose yet, the famous storyteller builds a world very different from the one we know.The Years of Rice and Salt, It is the fourteenth century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is to define the arrival of the Black DeathHistory tells us that one third of Europe’s population has been destroyedBut what ifWhat if the plague killed 99 percent of the population insteadHow would the world have changedIt is a look at history that could have been a history that stretches through the centuries, a history that sees dynasties and the rise of nations and a crumble, a history that stretches over horrible and magnificent famine of innovationThese are the years of rice and saltIt is a universe where the first ship to reach the New World, it travels across the Pacific Ocean from China and colonization stretches from west to eastIt is a universe where the Industrial Revolution is triggered by the greatest scientific minds-in IndiaIt is a universe where Buddhism and Islam are the most influential and practiced religions and Christianity is purely historical footnoteThrough the eyes of soldiers and kings, explorers and philosophers, slaves and scholars, Robinson makes immensely rich tapestryRewriting history and probing the deepest questions as only Robinson can do, shines with his extraordinary light on the place of religion, culture, power, and even love on this EarthFrom the steppes of Asia to the shores of the Western Hemisphere, from the age of Akbar, present and future, here is the amazing story of the creation of a new worldStarting from the Hardcover edition
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