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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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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