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Kull

Exile of Atlantis

By Robert E. Howard

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| Softcover | 9780345490179

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“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”
–Stephen King

“Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with h Continue

“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”
–Stephen King

“Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life.”
–David Gemmell

In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. From his fertile imagination sprang some of fiction’s most enduring heroes. Yet while Conan is indisputably Howard’s greatest creation, it was in his earlier sequence of tales featuring Kull, a fearless warrior with the brooding intellect of a philosopher, that Howard began to develop the distinctive themes, and the richly evocative blend of history and mythology, that would distinguish his later tales of the Hyborian Age.

Much more than simply the prototype for Conan, Kull is a fascinating character in his own right: an exile from fabled Atlantis who wins the crown of Valusia, only to find it as much a burden as a prize.

This groundbreaking collection, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Justin Sweet, gathers together all Howard’s stories featuring Kull, from Kull’s first published appearance, in “The Shadow Kingdom,” to “Kings of the Night,” Howard’s last tale featuring the cerebral swordsman. The stories are presented just as Howard wrote them, with all subsequent editorial emendations removed. Also included are previously unpublished stories, drafts, and fragments, plus extensive notes on the texts, an introduction by Howard authority Steve Tompkins, and an essay by noted editor Patrice Louinet.

“Howard was a true storyteller–one of the first, and certainly among the best, you’ll find in heroic fantasy. If you’ve never read him before, you’re in for a real treat.”
–Charles de Lint

“For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?”
–H. P. Lovecraft

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    Questo volume presenta tutte le storie brevi scritte da Robert E. Howard riguardanti Kull, il barbaro esule da Atlantide che ascenderà al trono di Valusia, il regno più civilizzato dell'era Thuriana.

    Il volume presenta i testi originali dell'au ...(continue)

    Questo volume presenta tutte le storie brevi scritte da Robert E. Howard riguardanti Kull, il barbaro esule da Atlantide che ascenderà al trono di Valusia, il regno più civilizzato dell'era Thuriana.

    Il volume presenta i testi originali dell'autore texano nell'ordine in cui furono scritti.

    Le storie di Kull, pur rappresentando un prototipo per quelle successive e più famose riguardanti Conan, si differenziano da queste ultime sia per l'ambientazione (quasi tutte riguardano un Kull già re e padrone del regno di Valusia), sia per il carattere del personaggio, più riflessivo rispetto al Cimmero.

    Index:

    Am-Ra the Ta-An (Poem)
    The Tale of Amra
    Summer Morn
    Exile of Atlantis
    The Shadow Kingdom
    The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune
    untitled story (Longer)
    Delcardes' Cat (The Cat and the Skull)
    The (Sreaming) Skull of Silence
    The Striking of the Gong
    The Altar and the Scorpion
    The Black City (Fragment)
    The Curse of the Golden Skull
    untitled story (Shorter)
    By This Axe I Rule!
    Swords of the Purple Kingdom
    The King and the Oak (poem)
    Kings of the Night

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