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The Dispossessed

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Gollancz S.F., Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

One of the very best must-read novels of all time

'Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power' OBSERVER

One of the very best must-read novels of all time - with a new introduction by Roddy Doyle

'There was a wall. It did not look important - even a child could climb it. But the idea was real. Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on...'

Shevek is brilliant scientist who is attempting to find a new theory of time - but there are those who are jealous of his work, and will do anything to block him. So he leaves his homeland, hoping to find a place of more liberty and tolerance. Initially feted, Shevek soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.

With powerful themes of freedom, society and the natural world's influence on competition and co-operation, THE DISPOSSESSED is a true classic of the 20th century.

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Praise for The Dispossessed

  • The book I wish I had written ... It's so far away from my own imagination, I'd love to sit at my desk one day and discover that I could think and write like Ursula Le Guin - THE TIMES

  • A well told tale signifying a good deal; one to be read again and again - THE TIMES

  • An extraordinary work ... [Le Guin] created a working society in exquisite detail ... a fully realised hypothetical culture [as well as] living breathing characters who are inevitable products of that culture

  • A deeply imagined work of art - Encylopedia of Science Fiction

  • Le Guin's book ... is so persuasive that it ought to put a stop to the writing of prescriptive Utopias for at least 10 years - NEW YORK TIMES

  • [Le Guin had] the heart of a poet who knew all too well the difference between miracle and eureka, revelation and revolution - Publishers Weekly

  • A firmamental sincerity and the solid fuel of a first-rate narrative - OBSERVER

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest writers of our time. Her books have attracted millions of devoted readers and won many awards, including the National Book Award, the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. Among her novels, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and the six books of Earthsea have attained undisputed classic status; and her recent series, the Annals of the Western Shore, has won her the PEN Center USA Children's literature award and the Nebula Award for best novel. In 2014 Ursula Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lived in Portland, Oregon, until she passed away in January 2018.

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