A Mão Esquerda das Trevas

A Mão Esquerda das Trevas

Ursula K. Le Guin Fátima Andrade / Jan 18, 2020

A M o Esquerda das Trevas Livro vencedor dos Pr mios Hugo e Nebula tra a um caminho de extrema originalidade por um mundo gelado de seres andr ginos Genly Ai enviado para o planeta Gethen por uma federa o interestelar o

  • Title: A Mão Esquerda das Trevas
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin Fátima Andrade
  • ISBN: 9789722329880
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Livro vencedor dos Pr mios Hugo e Nebula 1969 tra a um caminho de extrema originalidade por um mundo gelado de seres andr ginos Genly Ai enviado para o planeta Gethen por uma federa o interestelar, o Ecum nio Governado por um rei extravagante, a estranheza deste universo acentua se na multiplicidade de g neros sexuais, em que os seres podem ser simultaneamente mLivro vencedor dos Pr mios Hugo e Nebula 1969 tra a um caminho de extrema originalidade por um mundo gelado de seres andr ginos Genly Ai enviado para o planeta Gethen por uma federa o interestelar, o Ecum nio Governado por um rei extravagante, a estranheza deste universo acentua se na multiplicidade de g neros sexuais, em que os seres podem ser simultaneamente m es e pais de diferentes crian as Genly, o enviado para esta miss o sofre uma mudan a de pensamento e aprende a aceitar as diferen as abismais que encontra na forma de relacionamento entre estes seres.Le Guin explora criativamente os temas da identidade sexual, incesto, xenofobia, fidelidade e trai o deixando, como na maior parte dos seus trabalhos, uma poderosa mensagem social que nos convida a ir al m do racismo e sexismo Um livro fascinante do princ pio ao fim descrito como um brilhante rasgo de imagina o e considerado um dos grandes romances do s culo XX Um imperd vel cl ssico de fic o cient fica.

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      • Ursula K. Le Guin Fátima Andrade

        Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.


    1. The question that permeates Le Guin's 1969 sensational for its time novel about the ambisexual society is what remains once the male and the female labels are stripped away? What is underneath the labels - is it simply humanity?'Androgynous' - Which is how I could not help but picture the Gethenians."A man wants his virility regarded, a woman wants her femininity appreciated, however indirect and subtle the indications of regard and appreciation. On Winter they will not exist. One is respected a [...]

    2. I've become rather bitter with sci-fi over the years, as it used to be my favorite genre. But you can only read so many space operas and pretentious near futures before it gets to you a little.And then you decide to give an author a go because of some weird research string you were on and it rekindles your love of why you started reading it in the first place. LeGuin approaches sci-fi as it should be; a thought experiment. Instead of spending pages upon pages describing the minutiae of every asp [...]

    3. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin has a voyeuristic quality, as if a description to a studious observation. I could not help thinking that I was reading a National Geographic article about a reporter visiting Winter, or Gethen as its inhabitants know it. Many readers cannot help but comment upon the Gethenians physiological androgyny, and this is certainly a central them of the story, but there is so much more to fascinate the reader. Le Guin has demonstrated again how she can creat [...]

    4. The meagre 2* is more a reflection of my enjoyment rather than an objective measure of the book (it has won prestigious awards). It wasn't to my taste, and that was exacerbated by mismatched expectations. It is not really sci-fi, the gender and sexuality were a bit of a side-show, leaving curious combo of political intrigue and Boys' Own tale of derring-do in an inhospitable climate. The setting is another planet in the future, but right from the start, mentions of rain and reign contributed to [...]

    5. They should do away with these tags - science fiction, speculative fiction and all them other clever maneuvers designed to erect barriers between the strictly literary and the mainstream - when it's Atwood who is writing or a Le Guin. Woe betide anyone who begs to differ. This deeply entrenched contempt of the other and this instinctive loathing of anything we fail to understand after a perfunctory once-over are not only the center of the man-made hullabaloo of gender but the root cause of all f [...]

    6. No Mere Extrapolation"The Left Hand of Darkness" is a work of science fiction published by Ursula Le Guin in 1969.At the time, it sought to differentiate itself from most other science fiction in two ways.Firstly, as Le Guin explains in a subsequent introduction, it didn’t just take a current phenomenon and extrapolate it scientifically into the future in some predictive or cautionary fashion. Secondly, it explored the nature of sexuality as a subject matter from a sophisticated, feminist poin [...]

    7. “The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.Is Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness only a science fiction story? Far from it, and that is why I enjoyed it so much. Oh, I like reading science-fiction, sometimes just for the entertainment of it. But this goes much beyond that. Different from some reviews, for me it did not seem a feminist advocacy. I would venture and say it is an anti-prejudice assertion. It is just a b [...]

    8. They say thatThe Left Hand of Darknessis a landmark in the field of science fiction literature. Albeit such typecasting seems to be unfair simplification and trivialization since that novel goes much further and deeper than any other of that genre. In view of her interests including cultures, ecology, anthropology, Zen philosophy LeGuin writeshumanisticscience fiction, focused on creating unusual social models and analyzing living in them people. That wayThe Left Hand of Darknesscan be read as a [...]

    9. The term 'Speculative Fiction' was developed out of a desire by some authors to separate themselves from the more pejorative aspects of the Sci Fi genre. Harlan Ellison famously hated the term 'sci fi', scorning the implication that his stories had anything in common with Flash Gordon or Lost in Space.In Speculative Fiction, technology is not there to facilitate the plot, or to dazzle readers with fantasy, but to provide the author with an opportunity to explore the human mind in unexpected, inn [...]

    10. Light is the left hand of darkness,And darkness the right hand of light.On the distant world of Winter, ambisexual beings have lived in solitude for as long as anyone can remember. This peace is shattered when an envoy arrives from the Ekumen, offering the nations of Winter the opportunity to join a vast alliance of thousands of worlds…This book was my first foray into the science fiction works of Ursula K. Le Guin, already one of my favourite authors. I did not find it quite as strong as the [...]

    11. “It was daunting, also, to me as a novelist. To invent a radically different sexual physiology and behaviour, not just as a speculation, but embodied in a novel, a story about people – people who most of the time were quite sexless but went into heat once a month, one time as a woman another time as a man? To get into the hearts and minds of such strange beings, bring them to being as characters – that would take some skill, not to mention chutzpah.”So says SF legend, Ms. Ursula K. Le Gu [...]

    12. The Should I Read This Book Quiz: Ursula Le Guin is considered a Very Important science fiction writer for her anthropological chops, and The Left Hand of Darkness her classic in which a lone representative of the Ekumen is sent down to a heretofore un-contacted planet to convince its denizens to join this interplanetary human collective. Genly Ai’s mission is complicated by his inexperience with their society—the most significant difference with his own being that all Gethenians are neither [...]

    13. Wow, there's a lot about this novel that I hadn't remembered. Like, basically the entire plot, other than the bare-bones outline.I'm going to stick with 4 stars here. Review to come.Initial post: Next up read from Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories.* This one I read back in my college days, so my memories of it are pretty hazy. The unusual sexuality of the people on the planet Gethen, or Winter -- sometimes androgynous, sometimes male, sometimes female -- has stuck with me, but th [...]

    14. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelBook #18: The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K Le Guin (1969)The story in a nutshell:A highly unusual and controversial book at the time of its release (but more o [...]

    15. What is the first thing we ask when a child is born? - GENDERThe six-letter word, not the three-letter word "sex" of the child - because gender involves our perception of what the child will be, our expectations of what roles the child will perform in the future - the life of the child is determined right away when we ask this question. As Judith Butler puts it, Gender is Performance.But imagine a world where genders can be changed at will - an androgynous world where humans remain in neuter gen [...]

    16. The Left Hand of Darkness: Brilliant depiction of an androgynous society on a frozen planetOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureThe Left Hand of Darkness (1969), part of THE HAINISH CYCLE, won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best SF Novel, and is well known as one of the first books in the genre to intelligently explore the nature of gender and identity. Ursula K. LeGuin is a highly respected writer known for her anthropological and humanistic approach to SF, and her presence has attrac [...]

    17. I’m probably missing the whole gist of this book because it basically flew right over my head, but I’m sure if I read a few analyses of it I’d enjoy it more!

    18. I hated the harsh, intricate, obstinate demands that he made on me in the name of life.4.5/5This is no The Dispossessed, a judgment equal parts quality of the work and personal taste of the reader, unfair and yet true if one keeps in mind that, regardless of individual ratings, I regard Le Guin as a gift to literature. Plenty are the authors who forge ahead with little regard for the reader, nearly ubiquitous are the ones who stay stolidly put in the kiddy pool out of want and necessity, leaving [...]

    19. Αν ο Αναρχικός είναι το απόλυτο 10, τότε το Αριστερό χέρι είναι 9/10. Καταπληκτική η Λε Γκεν, ειδικά το δευτερο μισό το απογείωσε.

    20. It has been a bit of a personal project of for the past year or so to sample from the classics of the sci-fi genre. It’s not that I think modern sci-fi is undesirable—indeed, I’m a huge fan—rather, there is a lot of reward in visiting trends in sci-fi from other times, seeing the foundations of modern sci-fi, and having a base understanding of the language of science fiction. Sci-fi is endlessly self-referential and to be well versed in the genre it is almost a requirement that certain b [...]

    21. This book is a science fiction classic. To fans of feminist and political science fiction, it is more than a classic - it is a touchstone, a founding document, a rallying post.It follows Genly Ai, an envoy from the Ekumen (a perhaps-utopian union of worlds) to the planet Gethen, where the entire habitable zone of the planet has a climate at the extreme cold end of human tolerance - and where Gethenian natives lack biological sex and gender, but can unpredictably develop either male or female app [...]

    22. As seen on The Readventurer"The Left Hand of Darkness" turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise for me. I do not read science fiction often and had to abandon my last attempt ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy") for its utter stupidity, but this book was a sci-fi of a completely different sort. It wasn't just another novel about green aliens or space travel, it was an extremely clever and deep exploration of gender. Genly Ai is an emissary of the Ekumen (a union of human worlds) to planet Geth [...]

    23. This is a pioneering work of science fiction. It is not space opera; it is not the hard SF of Asimov and Clarke which shows the impact of the science of the future on society; and it is not a fantasy where the scientific framework is used just as a convenient backdrop for the author to air her ideas. Ursula K. LeGuin explores deep questions of gender, about what it means to be a male or female, by creating a society of androgynous individuals, who take on male/ female sexual characteristics only [...]

    24. DNF 😠 This book began by lecturing me—for just about 12 minutes—on what science fiction was/wasn't and telling me that authors are liars. Said lecture, imo, came off as pompous and wholly unnecessary. Although I already thought I hated it, I magnanimously decided to continue to Chapter 1. By 7:32 into the first chapter, which was narrated by what sounded to me like a very disinterested, very old man, I was done. I had downloaded this book a while back and it fit a challenge requirement, s [...]

    25. I generally visualize a book as a scale. An old fashioned scale like the one Lady Justice holds. On left side, you found the academic merits: concept, structure, significance. On the right side is the entertainment value. My goal is to find a well-balanced book that keeps me turning the page yet leaves me feeling full and even a little cocky. Sometimes I am in the mood for an unbalanced book. But if the scale is fully tilted to the left (supposedly genius but unreadable or boring) or to the righ [...]

    26. I bought this book in Canterbury in 2009 and read its description of two people struggling across an icy wilderness on a planet locked in an ice age sitting in an armchair in the middle of Summer. I had read The Dispossessed first as a child and a couple of vague memories of it stayed with me until I picked up a copy and read it again. That experience prompted me to read The Left Hand of Darkness.This is a short novel and a lot is packed into a few pages. The central idea seems to be the possibi [...]

    27. I want very desperately to see what others have seen in this book. I reread it this month to find out if I had just missed things on first readings, if my frustrations and disappointments and distance would fade away on a second visit.But no. I remain disappointed. I continue to think that this book tries valiantly at something very difficult and amazing, and fails. I am not grabbed by the characters. Goodness knows I want to be. I loved The Dispossessed. Why don't I love this?Note: The rest of [...]

    28. I'll make my report as if I were telling a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imaginationI didn't want this book to end. I so badly wanted to stay on Gethen, Winter, the frozen planet, (although I suffer cold weather with ill grace, and miss my family at 3 hours' distance). Like Octavia Butler, Le Guin makes worlds I can't bear to leave, even when they are harsh or hostile. Of course, the magnetism is all in the telling. In this edition's introductio [...]

    29. The Left Hand of Darkness is the sort of book which realizes the great promise of science fiction. It explores the meaning of the human condition in new and untested ways, and it creates worlds far different than many of us have ever known. Yet it all seems so familiar and profoundly real.

    30. Počelo je s vrlo malo znanstvene fantastike, više kao putopisni roman.Izaslanik Ekumene, vijeća koje kontrolira Galaktiku, dolazi na planet Geten (ili Zimu kako su planet nazvali istraživači), da nagovori stanovništvo da se priključi njihovoj federaciji. Sam planet su nazvali Zima, jer planet tek izlazi iz ledenog doba i klima je hladna. Slabo je naseljen i podjeljen na male državice. Stupanj razvoja je, kako sam ga ja zamislio: srednjevjekovna Europa, ali sa električnim automobilima, r [...]

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