The Dispossessed: A Novel
Le Guin, Ursula K.
“Intriguing . . . Engrossing and well-told . . . Ursula Le Guin is more than a writer of adult fantasy and science fiction . . . she is a philosopher; an explorer in the landscapes of the mind.”—Cincinnati Enquirer
Ursula K. Leguin’s award-winning classic science fiction novel—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
Shevek, a brilliant physicist, has always felt alone amid the communal, nonauthoritarian civilization of his home world Annares. A bleak moon settled by rebel anarchists, Annares has purposely isolated itself from other worlds, including Urras, its mother planet—a world defined by warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth.
Now, the ambitious scientist is determined to reunite the two planets 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. Accomplishing the unthinkable will require great sacrifice, risks Shevek willingly accepts to visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share. But soon, his gift becomes a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, Shevek must re-examine his philosophy of life even as he ignites the fires of change.
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than one hundred short stories, two collections of essays, four volumes of poetry, and nineteen novels, including her best-known fantasy works, the Earthsea books. She has been a finalist for the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and has been honored with the National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.