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The Dispossessed

A Novel

by Ursula K. Le Guin

On Sale: 06/10/2014

Price: $16.99

The Dispossessed

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The Dispossessed

A Novel

by Ursula K. Le Guin

On Sale: 06/10/2014

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Price: $16.99

About the Book

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

From the brilliant and award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin comes a classic tale of two planets torn apart by conflict and mistrust — and the man who risks everything to reunite them.

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)

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

“This novel, by a celebrated Hungarian poet, depicts the world of his childhood…The narrator, a young boy whose family is shunned-it was once wealthy and is suspected of being Jewish-endures beatings, hunger, and taunts with the fatalism of someone who has never known anything else.” - New Yorker

“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 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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060512750
  • ISBN 10: 006051275X
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 06/10/2014
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.900 in (d)
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Exploration
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical