We the Living

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Penguin, May 5, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Ayn Rand's first published novel, a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet Russia.

First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.

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 those slogans do to human beings. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb?

Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt, Ayn Rand shows what the theory of socialism means in practice. 

Includes an Introduction and Afterword by Ayn Rand’s Philosophical Heir, Leonard Peikoff
 

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User Review  - SheilaCornelisse - LibraryThing

A fantastic novel depicting the effects of the Russian Revolution on the lives of three main characters - Kira Argounova (a young socialite whose family must now live in poverty), and the two men she ... Read full review

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User Review  - ReneeRobinson - LibraryThing

WE The Living-by Ayn Rand- This is a sweet and touching story. The main character is like a mirror of her own image. What I mean is she has both a positive and negative side. She has two sides like a ... Read full review

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Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

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