Left Hand of Darkness

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Ursula K. Le Guin‘s The Left Hand of Darkness is part of the Ekumen sequence which also includes her novel The Dispossesssed (1972) and the novella The Word for World is Forest (1976)

an attempt to imagine an experimental landscape in which our being-inthe-world is simplified to the extreme, and in which our sensory links with the multiple and shifting perceptual fields around us are abstracted so radically as to vouchsafe, perhaps, some new glimpse as to the ultimate nature of human reality.

—— Fredric Jameson, ”World Reduction in Le Guin: The Emergence of Utopian Narrative”

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