The Dispossessed

A Novel

by Ursula K. Le Guin

On Sale: 06/10/2014

The Dispossessed

A Novel

by Ursula K. Le Guin

On Sale: 06/10/2014

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About the Book

“One of the greats. . . . Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon.” Stephen King

"Engrossing. . . . [Le Guin] is a philosopher; an explorer in the landscape of the mind." —Cincinnati Enquirer

Ursula K. Le Guin’s award-winning classic—a profound and thoughtful tale of anarchism and capitalism, individualism and collectivism, and one ambitious man’s quest to bridge the ideological chasm separating two worlds

A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.

Critical Praise

“Written with thought, care—even love.” — Times Literary Supplement (London)

“Le Guin’s characters, sepecially Shevek and his family, are complex and haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace.” — Time magazine

“Engrossing . . . Ursula Le Guin is more than just a writer of adult fantasy and science fiction . . . she is a philosopher; an explorer in the landscapes of the mind.” — Cincinnati Enquirer

“A seamless creation: every thing is made up, nothing seems arbitrary...Le Guin’s book [is] written in her solid, no-nonsense prose.” — New York Times Book Review

“Brilliantly conceived and stunningly executed . . . The setting is science fiction, but the tradition is humanistic, reducing life to its essentials and examining human beings in a real world.” — Chicago Daily News

"The Dispossessed is still one of Sci-Fi's' smartest books." — Wired

“The novel flashes back and forth . . . and delicately develops both the strengths and weaknesses of the two social systems, the contrasting textures of the two kinds of social experience . . . All through, this impresses with small but incalculably right choices which add up solidly and confirm Ms. Le Guin as one of our finest projectionists of brave old and other worlds.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Excellent characterization and meaningful ideas make this one of the most important [science fiction] novels of the last several years.” — Library Journal

“The combination of intelligence and imagination sends ideas dancing endlessly around the brain.” — Christian Science Monitor

"I would be hard pressed to think of another novel that made as strong an impression on me." — Anthony Ha, author of Love Songs for Monsters

"[Ursula Le Guin] . . . is science fiction’s best ambassador to the rest of the world, ever. She has done more to show people why this is an important genre—and maybe the mode of literature we need to navigate our way into a very uncertain future—than anyone else ever will.” — Lisa Yaszek, Professor of Science Fiction Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech

"This remains a challenging and urgent book." — The Guardian

"Deeply worthwhile reading — subtle, challenging, exquisitely crafted." — sfsite.com

The Dispossessed paints a hopeful and complex portrait of a society rooted in collectivism.”

Naomi Klein, The Week

“Le Guin’s most philosophical novel. . . . The Dispossessed is a study of character, ideology and the constant of change." — New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060512750
  • ISBN 10: 006051275X
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • On Sale: 06/10/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Nature & the Environment
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Dystopian
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical

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