The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate

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Subterranean Press, 2007 - Fiction - 60 pages
66 Reviews
In medieval Baghdad, a penniless man is brought before the most powerful man in the world, the caliph himself, to tell his story. It begins with a walk in the bazaar, but soon grows into a tale unlike any other told in the caliph's empire. It's a story that includes not just buried treasure and a band of thieves, but also men haunted by their past and others trapped by their future; it includes not just a beloved wife and a veiled seductress, but also long journeys taken by caravan and even longer ones taken with a single step. Above all, it's a story about recognizing the will of Allah and accepting it, no matter what form it takes.

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User Review  - Aaron Singleton - Goodreads

As usual with Chiang, the story is plotted with rare genius. I have to give credit to the author in other areas as well-- the setting was perfectly realized, the characters were memorable, and the ... Read full review

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Spectacular fiction about a wormhole in medieval Arabia Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Ted Chiang lives near Seattle, Washington.

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