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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (U.S. paperback)

US paperback edition. Artist: Mel Odom. Pub: Roc

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (Canadian Trade)

Canadian trade paperback edition. Artwork by Marie De Sousa, design by Cathy MacLean. Pub: Penguin Canada. 

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A Song for Arbonne by Merav Hoffman

Lyrics with Notation

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The Troubadour

by Krissy Hunter, August 12, 2006 The troubadour, he sings and writes, Woos, lampoons, and delights. Children laugh, while women swoon, And evening ends, much too soon. But back he’ll be, and with a will, Armed with parchment and a … Continue reading

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Bibliography for A Song for Arbonne

Arbonne was, more than any of my books, shaped by my being in situ … I researched it in Provence over several months, and then wrote most of it there on a second visit. In some ways it is a … Continue reading

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Guy Gavriel Kay, La chanson d’Arbonne

This is an article by Nathalie Labrousse-Marchau, a French philosophy teacher, which appeared originally on her website. With thanks to Francois Vincent for the translation into English. Read it in English. Guy Gavriel Kay n’est pas un auteur de fantasy … Continue reading

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Kay’s Provence: From Arbonne to Ysabel

Faye Ringel, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Department of Humanities U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, USA This paper was written by Dr. Faye Ringel, formerly Professor of Humanities, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Versions were presented at the International Conference on … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

Janeen Webb takes the unusual and generous step of noting the author’s differing view or intention. This is a classic case where the writer might well not have accomplished what he wanted, but to open up the possibility of further … Continue reading

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Reviews of A Song for Arbonne

Fantasy from on High Review by Douglas Barbour, for ‘Books in Canada’ What makes Guy Gavriel Kay the most interesting writer of high fantasy around today is his willingness and ability to explore new territory in each new book. Having … Continue reading

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GGK’s Later Novels: The History behind the Books

This summation appears courtesy of Mary Anne Mohanraj and Christopher Cobb, and first appeared in Strange Horizons ezine. Each of Kay’s later novels is patterned after a different southern European culture and its history. The story in Tigana is modeled … Continue reading

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Reading Passage from A Song for Arbonne

from Chapter One Hirnan, threading his way around roots and under branches, finally struck a rough east-west track in the wood and Blaise drew a calmer breath again. He was surprisingly conscious of where they were. Not that he had … Continue reading

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (U.S.A.)

US hardback edition. Artist: Kinuko Y. Craft.  Pub: Crown

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (3rd U.S.A. paperback edition)

American 3rd paperback edition of A Song for Arbonne  Artist: Larry Rostant Design: Ray Lundgren Pub: Roc

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (U.S.A. paperback edition)

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (U.S.A trade paperback)

                      American trade paperback edition of A Song for Arbonne  Artist: David Jermann  Pub: Roc

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (UK hardback)

UK edition. The first cover is the hardback edition, the second below is the first paperback edition. Note the subtle differences. The hardcover has the elfin figures around the title. At GGK’s request, these were changed for the trade paperback … Continue reading

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (UK 2nd paperback edition)

                    UK paperback edition, first major rejacketing. Artist:John Howe. Pub: Harper Collins/Voyager

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (German hardback)

German hardback edition.  Artist: Boris Vallejo. Pub: Bechtermünz Verlag & Scherz Verlag

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (French hardback)

French edition, front and back cover. Artwork is a series of details from 15th century frescoes by Andrea del Castagno, in Florence. Pub: l’Atalante    

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (UK paperback reissue)

2001 UK paperback edition of A Song for Arbonne  Artist: Bill Gregory Pub: Earthlight

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (Croation edition)

Croatian edition of A Song for Arbonne  Artist: Igor Kordey  Pub: Algoritam

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (Czech edition)

 Czech edition of A Song for Arbonne  Artist: Martina Pilcerova Pub: Talpress

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (Dutch reprint)

 Dutch reprint edition of A Song for Arbonne. The name was changed from Een Lied Voor Arbonne to Een Lofzang Voor Arbonne because apparently Lofzang is a ‘better’ word for ‘song’ in the context of praise or an ode (it means pipe, literally).  Artist: Adaptation … Continue reading

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (Canadian hardback)

Canadian hardback edition. Artist: Gerard Gauci.  Pub: Viking/Penguin

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Cover of A Song for Arbonne (Canadian paperback)

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Cover Art for A Song for Arbonne

A Song for Arbonne was first published in 1992. It has since been translated into many languages. Many foreign language editions used the same covers as English language editions; I present here covers that display varied artwork only. Click on … Continue reading

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GGK’s note

GGK’s note A personal favourite. Kinoko Kraft is a fine artist, and this evokes the period beautifully, for me. Interesting, isn’t it, that American, Canadian (another favourite) and British hardcovers, all so different, shared the image of a woman with … Continue reading

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