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The first literary work of one of the most influential philosophers and novelists of the twentieth century-available for the first time in trade paperback.

Ayn Rand wrote of her first novel, We the Living, "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write. The plot is invented, the background is not...The specific events of Kira's life were not mine: her ideas, her convictions, her values, were and are." We the Living depicts the struggle of the individual against the state, and the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman's passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.

This classic novel is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the banners and slogans.

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We the Living
Average rating
4.4 / 5
An unflinching look at Soviet misery
August 25th, 2015
This book, Ayn Rand's first, mainly tries to do two things: Paint a picture of what a hellhole Communist Russia was for the people who had to live there, and tell a love story. In the former, it succeeds with flying colours; or rather, a flying lack of any colour but a brutal, oppressive red. The more I learn about the USSR, the more surprised I am that there was still anyone alive in that country after nearly 70(!) years of such an objectively horrifying regime. In the latter, well, this is still Ayn Rand we're talking about; the woman seemed to have a rather odd view of romantic relationships. All in all, a solid book. I'd go so far as to say that this should be required reading in high school curriculums, if only to keep the kids from getting stars in their eyes when they learn about the theory of Communism by showing them how it works in practice.
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