A NovelBook - 2003
"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.
From Library Staff
A Hugo and Nebula winner from one of the genre’s masters. A product of the cold
war, this utopian novel contrasts two worlds, one patriarchal and capitalistic, the
other a collective cooperative that forbids private property. Considered soft science
fiction, it builds vivid, complex worlds full o... Read More »
(Fiction) Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earthlike planet Urras in search of a better world, a new beginning. Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the two civilizations that have been separated by hatred since long before he was ... Read More »
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"You cannot take what you have not given, and you must give yourself. You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere."
...the competition for scholarships was stiffer every year, proving the essential democracy of the institution..."You put another lock on the door and call it democracy."
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