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Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earthlike planet Urras in search of a better world, a new beginning. Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the two civilizations that have been separated by hatred since long before he was born.

The Dispossessed is a penetrating examination of society and humanity -- and one man's brave undertaking to question the unquestionable and ignite the fires of change.

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    Rorschach test

    The book asks compelling questions by showing, not lecturing about, the state of two parallel societies after an anarchist revolution. The pictures it paints are not polemical; it's not a book about answers but about questions that can arise when starting from very different political assumptions. Action and richer characterization kicks in about one third of the way through, so patience is rewarded.


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