The Hair Carpet Weavers

Eschbach, Andreas


In the dusty wastes of a far-flung planet, strange artisans toil. Like their fathers before them, they tie intricate knots out of the hair of their wives and daughters, slowly forming carpets. Delicate and unique, each carpet requires an entire lifetime of work – and all will be sold to pave the Emperor’s palace. Then, one day, the empire falls. Soon, strange men begin to arrive from the stars, in search of the carpets’ true destination. What they discover will astonish them. Combining brilliant world-building with an irresistible sense of mystery, Andreas Eschbach’s acclaimed space opera is a compelling meditation on faith, fundamentalism and the meaning of life itself.

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In a distant universe, since the beginning of time, workers have spent their lives weaving intricate carpets from the hair of women and girls. But why? Andreas Eschbach’s mysterious, poignant space opera explores the absurdity of work and of life itself.

‘A novel of ideas that evokes complex emotions through the working out of an intricate and ultimately satisfying plot, with echoes of Gene Wolfe, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Isaac Asimov’ The New York Times Book Review

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Weight0.187 kg
Dimensions18.1 × 11.1 × 1.8 cm