A short novel of coffee, ideas, and ambition.
NEW Electronic edition, published 31 March 2015
GREGORY FEELEY writes fiction and about fiction. His first novel, The Oxygen Barons, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, and he has published essays in The Atlantic Monthly, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. His short fiction has twice been nominated for the Nebula Award and has appeared five times in year’s best anthologies. His most recent novel is Kentauros.
Arabian Wine by Gregory Feeley
A fine, funny trans-historical adventure, so well-furnished and well-wrought it seems more true than the more boring truth. Read it with a double espresso.
an elegant, low-key historical fantasy [. . .] Aficionados of quirky, understated speculative fiction will be rewarded.
Publishers Weekly 21 February 2005
Arabian Wine is not so much a book as a little piece of renaissance jewelry, densely ornate with amber and amethyst, small and perfect. Open it, and it will reward you the way Venice does, with tiny passages opening into broad squares, and sly jokes; moments of beauty and of sadness.
Maureen F. McHugh
In this tale about the tragically brief pre-history of steam engines and coffee in renaissance Venice, Gregory Feeley has written an allegory as timeless as Machiavelli’s Prince and as timely as yesterday’s headlines from Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. He also paints panoramas as telling and meticulous as any by Canaletto especially in his depiction of the Arsenal, the first assembly line of Western Civilization. All in all, another top-notch historical fiction from a writer who is fast becoming the Walter Scott of the twenty-first century.
Thomas M. Disch
Arabian Wine will surely stand as one of the best novels of 2005.
Rich Horton, Locus March 2005
Arabian Wine is tightly focused and meticulously timed to unfold at its end, with the inevitability of a good play, an explosion of vision and a vision of explosion.
Tom La Farge