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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; New edition edition (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765314908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765314901
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eschbach's first novel will blow you away. Yes, it's that good."--"Analog""A considerable achievement, and one that suggests the presence of a world-class SF voice that we ought to know about."--"Locus""Enthusiastically introduced by no less than Orson Scott Card, this far-future novel does credit to everyone concerned, starting with its German author... Despite being broken into short episodes, the novel is one fluidly integrated story. Eschbach is likely to become an international phenomenon."--"Booklist""With his first work Eschbach shows that the German SF is not dead."--Olive Faulhaber on "The Carpet Makers""Andreas Eschbach is one of the most acclaimed sf writers to emerge in Germany in the past decade."--"The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy" on "The Carpet Makers""Andreas Eschbach is a phenomenon."--Lesen & Leute on "The Carpet Makers""Eschbach: take it and read it." --Frank Schirrmacher, FAZ on "The Carpet Makers ""Andreas Eschbach is incontestably the shooting star of the German SF scene."--"Heyne Science Fiction Yearbook" on "The Carpet Makers"

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"Andreas Eschbach "was born 1959 in Ulm, Germany. In 1996, his first novel, "Die Haarteppichknupfer" ("The Hair Carpet Makers"), won one of the highest awards of German science fiction, the SFCD-Literaturpreis. His second novel, "Solarstation," won the other great German science fiction award, the Kurd Lawitz Preis. His third novel, "Jesus Video," won both of them, became a nationwide bestseller in 2000, and was turned into a movie in 2002. His first translation into another language was in 1998, when "Die Haarteppichknupfer" was published in France as "Des milliards des tapis de cheveux." It was not only the first German science fiction novel to be published in France after 18 years, it also won two literary prizes in France and Belgium. Several novels and short stories have been translated since then, into French, Italian, Czech, Japanese, Russian, and Turkish. Eschbach currently lives on the French Atlantic coast with his family.

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KNOT AFTER KNOT, DAY IN, day out, for an entire lifetime, always the same hand movements, always looping the same knots in the fine hair, so fine and so tiny that with time, the fingers trembled and the eyes became weak from strain-and still the progress was hardly noticeable. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. D. MacFarlane on 8 Jun 2006
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Like the hair carpets that form the central theme to Eschbach's novel, the plot is a delicate and superb weave of many different and all well-written strands. (You really would not guess that this is a translation, the English flows so naturally.) There is no main character, though most characters feature in more than one chapter; rather, each character plays his or her own role in illuminating Eschbach's vision of the future. Each individual chapter could be a short story. Taken together, they form a tapestry.

A word of caution: this srikes me as the kind of story that won't appeal to everyone. However, I personally loved every moment of it and I recommend it to any science fiction or fantasy fans as a taste of something a little bit different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Barley on 12 Jan 2010
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If you have an imagination you are in for a treat. Eschbach tells his story well drawing together a number of seemingly unconnected stories into something (in Manchester parlance)truly 'gobsmacking'. As the threads come together it becomes hard to put this book down. I found myself feeling the thrill of being totally absorbed by a book like I haven't in ages. The book has a philosophical undertone leading you perhaps to reflect on your own life and beliefs. It really should be better known and more widely read beyond SF readership. For those wondering I don't usually read SF and found nothing off putting about this book being set in the future. Read it and pass on the recommendation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 00lorenz on 2 Feb 2014
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Awesome book delivered as expected. It took quite a while yet this was announced beforehand. This book seems to be the only translated one of A.Eschbach. Still hope there will be more translations
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There are some pretty solid recommendations for this book. I just bought it because I finished Lord of all Things and wanted more by this writer. My only reason for reading it was entertainment and a few hours escape. It gives that in spades. It's thought provoking too and reads like a moving work of art. I loved it and will recommend to any reader with a working imagination.
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As I started to read this book, I wondered what it was all about and where it was going. Stick with it! It's well worth the effort.

Andreas takes us on a wonderful journey which ultimately asks us to question the very values society is built on. Also a word of congratulations for Doryl Jensen. It was very easy to forget you were reading a translation.

I look forward to more translations of Andreas' work.
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'KNOT AFTER KNOT, DAY IN, day out, for an entire lifetime, always the same hand movements, always looping the same knots in the fine hair, so fine and so tiny that with time, the fingers trembled and the eyes became weak from strain-and still the progress was hardly noticeable.'

I first read this book a few years ago, just after my son Bruce was born. It was the book I read during his first two weeks of freedom from the womb and, in between the nappy-changing and feeding, I sat with my son in my arms and read The Carpet Makers.

'Since the time of prehistory, carpet makers have tied intricate knots to form carpets for the court of the Emperor. These carpets are made from the hairs of their makers' wives and daughters; they are so detailed and fragile that each carpet- maker finishes only one single carpet in his entire lifetime. This art has descended from father to son since the beginning of time itself. But, one day, the empire of the God Emperor vanishes... and strangers begin to arrive from the stars in search of the hair carpets. What these strangers discover is beyond all belief, more than anything they could have ever imagined... '

A string of open-ended and seemingly unconnected stories are - dare I use the pun - 'woven' together to create a universe so compelling, so shocking, that it is only now that I have decided to pick it up and read it again.

I can't recommend this book enough. The Carpet Makers is a story so rich in detail and depth that it practically is a door to another time and another universe. The stories are all connected but each one is also a snapshot of the life of a subject of the God Emperor, the man who has, as far as anyone is concerned, ruled the universe for all time.
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