The Dispossessed

An Ambiguous Utopia

Hardcover, 387 pages

English language

Published Aug. 15, 1991 by Harper Paperbacks.

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5 stars (6 reviews)

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

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Review of 'Los desposeídos' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Una obra que vuelve a usar la ciencia ficción como entrada pero que es un análisis y una reflexión sobre la sociedad, desde la luna Anarres, donde la sociedad se organiza en un modo anarquista/socialissta al planeta Urras, donde tras un conflicto estos últimos fueron expulsados y donde el planeta se organiza en base a oligopolios y un capitalismo salvaje. Como nexo entre ambos mundos el protagonista intenta establecer un diálogo, intentando propiciar el desarrollo de ambas sociedades con la colaboración científica. Un libro que no deja de ser una reflexión y un golpe sobre la mesa sobre la política, la sociedad y el papel de la ciencia y los científicos.

One of the books I want to keep returning to

5 stars

I first read this book 20 years ago in a German translation and liked it a lot, but I didn't get a lot of it. Now, reading the English original and having had more of a political education, at first I was: "Is this book as good as I remember it?", but then, I enjoyed it even more.

I love that it's not an unbroken utopia and the ending leaves some things open. I also liked how it shows how power-laden relationships and positions can inadvertently creep back into a society that's not supposed to have them.

Review of 'Planet der Habenichtse' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Ein wunderbarer Text und eigentlich keine Science Fiction, sondern eher eine soziale Utopie. LeGuin beschäftigt sich damit, wie Anarchismus lebbar sein könnte: "Es gab nur das Fortschreiten: das Fortschreiten war alles. Man konnte in einer vielversprechenen Richtung weitergehe, man konnte auch fehlgehen, aber man konnte sich nicht mit der Erwartung auf den Weg machen, irgendwann einmal irgenwo anzuhalten. (S. 304)


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