The Dispossessed
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The Dispossessed

by Ursula K. Le Guin
Release date: 1974
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictionsocial science fiction + utopia
Tags: hugo award, locus award, nebula award

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia.

Hugo Award 1975, Nebula Award 1974, Locus Award 1975.

In her most ambitious and prophetic novel to date, Ursula K. Le Guin has produced a stunning tour de force – the spellbinding story of Shevek, a brilliant physicist who single-handedly attempts to reunite two planets cut off from each other by centuries of distrust.

Anarres, Shevek's homeland, is a bleak moon settled by an anarchic utopian civilization; Urras, the mother planet, is a world very similar to Earth, with its warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Shevek risks everything in a courageous visit to Urras – to learn, to teach, to share. But his gift becomes a threat... and in the profound conflict which ensues, Shevek must re-examine his philosophy of life.

(updated 2017-01-15)

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