Category Archives: Tigana

Review by N.R. Alexander of The Speculative Scotsman

for Tigana “Set in a beleaguered land caught in a web of tyranny, Tigana is the deeply moving story of a people struggling to be free. A people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant King Brandin that … Continue reading

The Real Thing: High Fantasy for True Fans

Reviewed by Douglas Barbour for The Toronto Star I find it hard to imagine that any other high fantasy published this year – or for the next few if it comes to that – will come close to matching Guy … Continue reading

Songs in the Blood: The Discourse of Music in Three Canadian Novels

by Joyce Gutensohn, 2004 Joyce explains: I had originally planned to write my MA thesis at the University of Victoria on some aspect of the relationship between music and literature, and was leaning toward the traditional approach of examining a … Continue reading

Postcolonialism in Guy Kay’s Tigana

This is an undergraduate paper by Kent Aardse written for a course taken at the University of Lethbridge in 2008. The unifying movement of postcolonial literature sets out to expose the conditions experienced in the world by those people of … Continue reading

Royal Ascent: the romance of monarchy in Yvain, The Hobbit, and Tigana

by Stephen David Wark, 1998 Stephen Wark explains how he came to write this paper: “As far as the provenance of the paper goes, it was written for a course during my M.A. at Concordia University titled “Early Modern Romance”. … Continue reading

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

French review of Tigana – translated

Tigana has above all else a particular flavour. It has a unique atmosphere, built up of little nothings that suffice to make this fantasy world, baroque in inspiration and based on the Italian Renaissance, endearing. Tigana is also pervaded by … Continue reading

Polish review of Tigana – translated

BY RaF Tigana… The forgotten name of a forgotten kingdom. But this kingdom still existed not so many years ago. Is human memory so fragile? Probably not. Not in these kind of matters. Nevertheless nobody knows anything at all about Tigana. … Continue reading

Reading Passage from Tigana

From Chapter Eight of Tigana Dianora could remember, with jagged, sharp-edged clarity, the first time she’d called her home Lower Corte. They all could, all the survivors: it was, for each of them, a moment embedded like a fish hook … Continue reading

Tigana (leather bound intro)

The Leather-Bound Masterpieces of Fantasy The Other Side of The Mirror Tigana By Guy Gavriel Kay THE SUBJECT IS FANTASY. In the field of fantasy, eras are measured as B.T. or A.T. – Before Tolkien or after Tolkien. Certainly that … Continue reading

A Review with a Difference!

Here’s a bit of light relief for all you readers out there who know and love Tigana. There’s an interesting little feature known rather appropriately as ‘babelfish’ (check it out!). Basically, it translates pages that you send it into a … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (10th Anniversary U.S.A. edition)

US trade paperback edition. Publisher: Roc Artist: Mel Odom. This artwork by Mel Odom, in a slightly different format, was also used for the first US hardback edition, as well as for the first Canadian edition, and the later UK … Continue reading

GGK’s note

The change came about because – to be oblique and subtle about this – I hated this cover with some passion. It emerged only because Penguin UK ended up in a huge time bind, as they raced to accede to … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (UK hardback)

UK hardback edition. Artist: Steve Crisp.  Pub: Viking/Penguin. This cover was changed slightly for the first UK paperback (see below).The figure of the lone warrior was changed to a man and woman, and the towers on top of the crags were erased. … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (Spanish edition)

 Art: The Mel Odom painting, incorporated into a new design by Víctor Viano. Pub: Timun Mas Editorial. 

Cover of Tigana (Book 1 of Swedish edition)

Artist: Alexander Reichstein.  Pub: Raben and Sjogren.

Cover of Tigana (Book 2 of the Swedish edition)

Artist: Alexander Reichstein.  Pub: Raben and Sjogren.

Cover of Tigana (Russian edition)

A translation of the blurb on the cover of the Russian edition was sent in by Elena Leonoff: In revenge for the death of his son, the sorceror-king Brandin Igratsky resolves to destroy even the memory of the name of … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (Book 1 of Quebecois edition)

                      Artist: Guy England. Pub: Alire. As can be seen, Tigana was split into 2 books. This happened for many of the translations, as English tends to ‘grow’ a lot when translated into … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (Book 2 of Quebecois edition)

Artist: Guy England. Pub: Alire. As can be seen, Tigana was split into 2 books. This happened for many of the translations, as English tends to ‘grow’ a lot when translated into other languages, especially Romance languages. The title, as you’ll see if … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (Polish edition)

 Artist: Mick Van Houten. Pub: Zysk i S-ka

Cover of Tigana (Portugese edition)

Tigana-Inspired Piece by Nana Leonti

This Nana Leonti’s piece inspired by Tigana. Nana Leonti writes: “Both my husband and I are avid fans of GGK’s works. Some days ago we were talking about favourite quotes and such from the books and he had this brilliant idea … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (book 1 of German edition)

 Artist: Ingrid Schütz.  Pub: Heyne Verlag.  The titles mean ‘The Curse’.

Cover of Tigana (book 2 of German edition)

Artist: Ingrid Schütz.  Pub: Heyne Verlag.  The titles mean ‘The Fool’.

Cover of Tigana (Israeli Edition)

Artist: Adaptation of Mel Odom cover Pub: Opus

Cover of Tigana (Italian edition)

 Title: ‘Land of the Two Moons’  Artist: Marco Ventura,  Pub: Sperling and Kupfer, Milan

Cover of Tigana (French edition)

 Pub: l’Atalante. The cover is a detail from the early Renaissance painting by Ucello, ‘The Battle of San Romano.’

Cover of Tigana (Estonian edition)

 Cover Design: Thomas Niklus Pub: Varrak

Cover of Tigana (Finnish 1)

Artist: Sakari Tiikkaja Pub: Karisto (published in 2 volumes) Artist comments:  The idea with the look for Alessan was that it should be as generic as possible without being uninteresting so as not to give the reader too defined a visualization … Continue reading

Cover of Tigana (Finnish 2)

Artist: Sakari Tiikkaja Pub: Karisto (published in 2 volumes) Artist comments: The design for the second part continues the stained glass theme. Now the walls are made of marble instead of mahogany and the vines are now in autumn colors.

Cover of Tigana (Dutch reprint)

 Artist: Geoff Taylor Pub: Meulenhoff

Cover of Tigana (Croation full wrap painting)

 Artist: Igor Kordey.  Pub: Algoritam.

Cover of Tigana (Czech Republic edition)

Artist: Jan P. Krásny. Pub: Talpress.

Cover of Tigana (Canadian )

 Art by: Henry Van Der Linde, design by Cathy MacLean

Cover of Tigana (American Roc reissue)

 Artist: Larry Rostant Design: Ray Lundgren Pub: Roc