Press Release: Atlas Shrugged
Introduced by Michael Dirda
Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso
‘Almost perfect in its immorality’
The characters who rise to the top in Atlas Shrugged espouse Rand’s philosophy of ‘objectivism’: the pursuit of personal happiness and unfettered capitalism. This philosophy would, she was certain, make America – and therefore the world – great again. Her novel remains deeply controversial, fifty years after it was written, both for its ideas about economics and industry and for its popularity among libertarian movements around the world.
For all its ideology and economic theory, the novel is, at its heart, an addictive and utterly compelling thriller, fraught with explosive action, suspense and romance. Titans of industry are walking away from their life’s work and vanishing just when the world is teetering on the edge of economic collapse. Dagny Taggart, vice president of her family’s railroad company, is determined to find the mastermind behind these disappearances before her world falls apart…
The award-winning Balbusso twins were commissioned to provide the artwork for this three-volume collector’s edition. The binding designs create a dynamic interconnected image across the three spines, while each volume boasts a series of striking art deco-inspired images that combine cityscapes, industry and periodglamour. This landmark edition delivers an eerie vision of Rand’s world of iron, sparks and steely ambition.
In his introduction commissioned for this edition, Pulitzer Prizewinning critic and writer Michael Dirda examines Rand’s obsession with uncompromising individualism and the enduring legacy of the most divisive candidate for the Great American Novel.
Three volume set. Bound in blocked metallic textured paper. Set in Warnock. Vol 1– 464 pages; Vol 2 – 480 pages; Vol 3 – 632 pages. 9½˝ x 6¼˝. 5 full-page colour illustrations per volume. Blocked slipcase.
UK £120.00 US $185.00 Can $235.00 Aus $270.00
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