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The Dispossessed

On sale

3rd October 2019

Price: £9.99

John W. Campbell Memorial Award, 1975

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473228412

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

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

‘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’ Roddy Doyle

Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power’ OBSERVER

‘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.

Reviews

Roddy Doyle, THE TIMES
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
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
A deeply imagined work of art
Baird Searles
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
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
[Le Guin had] the heart of a poet who knew all too well the difference between miracle and eureka, revelation and revolution
OBSERVER
Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power
THE TIMES
A well told tale signifying a good deal; one to be read again and again
NEW YORK TIMES
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
Empire
Le Guin's storytelling is sharp, magisterial, funny, thought-provoking and exciting, exhibiting all that science fiction can be