The Privilege of the Sword

Ellen
Kushner

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Kushner
Ellen
The Privilege of the Sword
[viii], 376, [5] pp
8vo
Northhampton
Small Beer Press
2006
First edition
Brown cloth. Fine in fine dust jacket
310743
$30

Fine transgressive novel of swordplay and intrigue in the Riverside district, an urban labyrinth of the late eighteenth century (but not of our world). Something of a sequel to Swordspoint (1987). Kushner’s great contribution to contemporary fantasy is the attitude (not dissimilar to the toughness of the cyberpunks), enchanting the Regency world and articulating very modern concerns — sex, identity, and language — in this altered historical space