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Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

This sequel to Parable of the Sower by ground-breaking writer Octavia E. Butler feel like a prophetic nod to our current world. If you were glued to The Handmaid’s Tale or couldn’t put down The Power, you’ll love this beautiful new edition of a seminal American classic.

‘In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time… for sheer peculiar prescience, Butler’s novel may be unmatched’ New Yorker

In order for me to understand who I am, I must begin to understand who she was.

Asha was born into a broken world. There are many things she needs to know: how her country could embrace a violent, far-right President promising to make America great again, why they turned a blind eye to the suffering – and the truth about her mother.

In her journals, Lauren Olamina tells of a great love divided between her young daughter, her community and the revelation that led her to found a new faith that teaches ‘God Is Change’. But under a tyrannical religious regime who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat, Lauren knows she must soon either sacrifice her daughter and her followers – or forsake the beliefs that could transform human destiny.

Octavia E. Butler’s award-winning novel is an almost-prophetic take on a shockingly familiar and deeply relevant world.

What readers are saying about Octavia Butler:

Kindred was written in 1979 but could have been written last year. Incredible. I couldn’t put it down

Emotionally and viscerally alive and challenging. I don’t know how I missed it before now’

‘A masterpiece by a matchless artist. Butler is simply sublime

Reading these books will change your life

‘A finely crafted work, rife with emotional power, horrifying in its believability, with a message that cannot be ignored
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 20th August 2019

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781472263650

Reviews

Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly
Cory Doctorow
Butler's books are exceptional
Village Voice
Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again
Harlan Ellison
Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages
Starburst
No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly
The Pool
A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun
Kirkus
If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good
Tor
One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had
Junot Diaz
[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human
New York Times
One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity
Los Angeles Times
[A] must-read novel
BBC
Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start
Refinery 29
One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision
Guardian
A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story
Independent