We the Living

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Penguin, May 5, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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The first literary work of one of the most influential philosophers and novelists of the twentieth century-available for the first time in trade paperback.

Ayn Rand wrote of her first novel, We the Living, "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write. The plot is invented, the background is not...The specific events of Kira's life were not mine: her ideas, her convictions, her values, were and are." We the Living depicts the struggle of the individual against the state, and 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.

This classic novel is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the banners and slogans.

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I am so very torn on this book. Ayn Rand paints a heart-wrenching first-hand image of a post-Revolution Leningrad. It's so very precious, because there aren't that many books that honestly describe ... Read full review

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I hate that Ayn Rand has become a mascot of sorts for certain political groups, most recently the "Tea Party" movement in USA over the past several years. Nothing against the tea-partiers; they've got ... Read full review

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Ayn Rand (1905-1982) published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.

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