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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (1969 Ace Paperback)


£40.00

(An ACE Science Fiction Special)

Acceptable good reading condition used 1969
First Print Ace Paperback Edition.

Published by Ace Books, NY, USA.
Author: Ursula Le Guin.
Approx dims: 180mm h x 105mm w x 18mm d.

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (Hainish Cycle #4)

(An ACE Science Fiction Special)

Condition and Description:

Acceptable good reading condition used 1969 First Print Ace Paperback Edition.

Published by Ace Books, NY, USA.
Author: Ursula Le Guin.
Approx dims: 180mm h x 105mm w x 18mm d.

Intact clean, glossy condition covers with 1cm tear and crease to top right corner back cover (with sellotape repair), small tear to centre right edge front cover, some slight creasing and rubbing to edges and corners, plus slight signs of handling. Slightly sunned back cover. Intact rubbed and slightly faded spine. 286 clean tanned inside pages of English text, no inscriptions. Inside page leafs tanned. Page ends tanned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin:

The Left Hand of Darkness is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in 1969.

The novel follows the story of Genly Ai, a native of Terra, who is sent to the planet of Gethen as an envoy of the Ekumen, a loose confederation of planets. Ai’s mission is to persuade the nations of Gethen to join the Ekumen, but he is stymied by his lack of understanding of Gethenian culture. Individuals on Gethen are ambisexual, with no fixed sex. This fact has a strong influence on the culture of the planet, and creates a barrier of understanding for Ai.

The Left Hand of Darkness was among the first books in the genre now known as feminist science fiction and is the most famous examination of androgyny in science fiction. A major theme of the novel is the effect of sex and gender on culture and society, explored in particular through the relationship between Ai and Estraven, a Gethenian politician who trusts and helps him.

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