Press Release: The Dispossessed
An Ambiguous Utopia
Ursula K. Le Guin
Introduced by Brian Attebery
Illustrated by David Lupton
‘One of the greats… Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon.’
Wise, complex and thrilling, The Dispossessed is the sort of science fiction only Le Guin could have written; her abiding interest in anthropology and human nature summons worlds that invite total belief from her reader, and she gives no easy answers to the many questions the book poses.
Ursula K. Le Guin was famously passionate about the diverse possibilities of her fictional universes, often clashing with publishers and TV production companies over careless depictions of her characters; as with previous volumes, a great deal of care has been taken to reflect this passion for diversity. Artist David Lupton first worked with Ursula K. Le Guin on the Folio Society edition of A Wizard of Earthsea, ensuring that her vision of the fantasy classic was captured on the page.
For The Dispossessed, Lupton has kept in close contact with Le Guin’s son, Theo, and the result is a series of beautiful, sensitive illustrations which reflect the complexities of the book’s characters and the tensions between them. As Theo Downes-Le Guin advised: ‘With regard to skin tones, I would guess that my mother’s advice would be: dear reader, imagine them as you wish, with the sole proviso that they don’t necessarily look like you.’
Le Guin wrote The Dispossessed in 1974, drawing on her experiences protesting the Vietnam War. However, in his introduction, Professor Brian Attebery suggests that Le Guin’s purposes were always more complex than a single comparison. Looking closely at the author’s life and work, Attebery examines the continuing vital relevance of The Dispossessed in a world where the question of who builds the walls, and who is kept prisoner, is more urgent than ever.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth. Set in Poliphilus. 376 pages. 14 integrated illustrations (8 of which are duotone, 6 greyscale). Printed map endpapers. Printed slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝
UK £36.95 US $59.95 Can $69.95 Aus $75.00
For media enquiries please contact
UK & ROW Ken Hooper, Cherish PR
020 3626 0282,
US & Canada Cathleen P. Williamson