|Telling, the (2000) [Novel]|
by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Series: Hainish / Novels of the Ekumen
(From the publisher):
There have been eighty requests to send an Observer into the hinterlands of the planet Aka to study the natives. Much to everyone's surprise, the eighty-first request is granted, and Observer Sutty is sent upriver to Okzat-Ozkat, a small city in the foothills of Rangma, to talk to the remnants in hiding of a cult practising a banned religion. On Aka, everything that was written in the old scripts has been destroyed; modern aural literature is all written to Corporation specifications.
The Corporation expects Sutty to report back so the non-standardised folk stories and songs can be wiped out and the people "re-educated".
But Sutty herself is in for an education she never imagined.
Original title: The Telling
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Social Criticism