Socialist Utopia

Jim Jaszewski ab975 at main.freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Tue Jun 27 21:13:33 MDT 1995


On Tue, 27 Jun 1995 wdrb at siva.bris.ac.uk wrote:

> Has anybody got recomendations of books
> describing socialist utopias? Two I have read
> 'Woman on the edge of time' by Marge Piercy
> and 'The Dispossessed' by Ursula Le Gwin
> are both inspiring and politically interesting.
> They explore the economic, political and sexual relationships
> of communist society. They are deeply revolutionary
> in their sentiment. I wish these novels were more
> widely read - they are both 9inspirational
> and profound. Are there others like them?
> Do others think such work is relevant to the
> struggle? Or is it irrelevant (perhaps petit bourgoies?)
> fantasising? Should we restrict our reading to the
> collected works of Marx and Lenin?

	The dispossessed is an excellent book -- couldn't recommend it
highly enuff... I would only(?) quibble with leGuinn's development of
political crisis on the mother world. Her description of daily life in
the communist/anarchist moon colony is really something worth taking a
look at and discussing...

	BTW, the Canadian Broadcating Corporation (CBC) did a radio play
of The Dispossessed a number of years back. That too was quite excellent!
(I still remember how a police character had a South African accent --
apparently the personification of the oppressive State to the CBC yuppies
in those Apartheid times...  :)



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