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  • Published: 22 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451233264
  • Imprint: Nal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $32.99

We the Living (75th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)


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This is the story of a ruthless, blazing, and courageous love - a love that flings defiance against the scavengers of human souls.

This is the story of a ruthless, blazing, and courageous love - a love that flings defiance against the scavengers of human souls.
The time is the Russian Revolution.  The place is a country burdened with fear - the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the self-glorifying saviors of the masses.  In a bitter struggle of the individual against the collective, three people stand forth with the mark of the unconquered in their bearing: Kira, who wants to be a builder, and the two men who love her - Leo, an aristocrat, and Andrei, a communist.
In their tensely dramatic story, Ayn Rand shows what the theories of Communism mean in practice.  We the Living is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans.  It is a picture of what dictatorship - of any kind - does to human beings, what kind of men are able to survive, and which of them remain as the ultimate winners.
What happens to the defiant ones?  What happens to those who succumb?  Who are the winners in this conflict?  Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt, Ayn Rand offers an answer that challenges the modern conscience.
Like all of Ayn Rand's novels, We the Living, first published in 1936, dramatically embodies her unique philosophy of Objectivism, which today has a worldwide audience.  This edition marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of We the Living and features an Introduction and an Afterword by Ayn Rand's philosophical heir, Leonard Peikoff.

  • Pub date: 22 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451233264
  • Imprint: Nal
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $32.99

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Ayn Rand

A Life More Compelling Than Fiction' was the slogan of the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. The film poster describes Ayn Rand as 'The most original, uncompromising and controversial writer/philosopher of the twentieth century.' Born and raised in the mysticism and collectivism of Russia, she escaped to America in 1926 and became a champion of reason and individualism. To learn more about the woman who wrote inspiring, best-selling novels and created a new philosophy, choose from the related subjects to learn more.

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