THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT. [New York]: Bantam Books, . Octavo, boards. First trade edition. "...follows three characters over seven centuries on an alternate Earth in which Islam and Buddhism are the dominant religions. Her charming though ponderous study in comparative religions opens with wandering Mongol scout Bold Bardash stumbling through an abandoned Athens, where the Black Death has wiped out everyone. Christianity just about dies out, Judaism is a minority cult, and, after many barbarous and pointless struggles between petty warlords, the New World is discovered by the Chinese Navy, and the Renaissance is played out as a conflict between a Middle Eastern Islam and Chinese Buddhism." - Kirkus review, 1 January, 2002. Winner of the Locus award for best novel, Hugo Award nominee. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-919. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#169247).
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