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on 5 April 2006
Quite obviously, I haven't been able to read the book in its English version, as it's to be published in a year (and I wonder how on earth the preceding writer came across it - maybe he/she is the translator?), but I've been a fan of Sapkowski's for years, and I'm truly happy to see that the book is finally being translated into language No. 1 (take it as flattery, ladies & gents ;-)). His writings have become extremely popular in their Czech, Russian and Spanish versions, which is no wonder. The world created is as consistent as that conceived by Tolkien; yet, the books are less tedious (with all my respect to J.R.R.T). The plot is at least as attractive as that of Harry Potter, yet more mature, and definitely addressed to an adult audience. The books are compelling, but at the same time "demanding": Sapkowski hides numerous allusions and references to the contemporary world, both on a historical and phylosophical level, and plays with the reader, making up names that are often riddles, again anchored in the present.
The author has - maybe not turning it completely upside down - taken some gilt off fantasy worlds; oddly enough, many fairy-tale characters like elves, dwarfs etc. turn out to be more human than usually presented in this type of literarure, which does not at all deprive them of their magic aura. This, however, does bring in a new value to fantasy as a genre. (as one Spanish critic put it: "un soplo de aire fresco" - for those interested, here's the link in Spanish: tinyurl.com/l7ony).
To sum up - I am impatiently waiting for the book to appear; for those who will like it, I've got very good news: the short stories are only the top of the iceberg, as A.S. has written A SAGA in five volumes. And THAT is truly a feast for book-lovers (well, fantasy lovers at least ;-))
Best to @ll - DeWolf
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