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.
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.
- “(The Dispossessed) is written with thought, care—even love.” -Times Literary Supplement (London)
characterization and meaningful ideas make this one of the most
important [science fiction] novels of the last several years.” -Library Journal
Guin’s characters, sepecially Shevek and his family, are complex and
haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace.” -Time magazine
- “The combination of intelligence and imagination sends ideas dancing endlessly around the brain... If this (story) sounds to you like mere futuristic sci-fi, think again.” -Christian Science Monitor