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De linkerhand van het duister (1969)

door Ursula K. Le Guin

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Reeksen: Hainish Cycle (4), Hainish Cycle, Chronological (6)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.… (meer)
Onlangs toegevoegd doorbenoitjchevalier, forestofcedar, AWells80, besloten bibliotheek, Ememel, JFBCore
Nagelaten BibliothekenThomas Hart Benton
  1. 71
    Het recht van de Radch door Ann Leckie (lquilter)
    lquilter: Fans of either Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness or Leckie's Ancillary Justice should enjoy the other. In common, the pacing, character-centered perspective obscuring aspects of the universe, political machinations, far-future setting, and treatment of ethics; also interesting for its simultaneous foregrounding and backgrounding of gender.… (meer)
  2. 71
    Ammonite door Nicola Griffith (mambo_taxi, mollishka, LamontCranston)
    mambo_taxi: Recommended if the whole "what if we think about gender differently" genre of science fiction appeals to you. Ammonite is much more interesting and better written as well.
    mollishka: Offworlder treks through snow and ice on planet where all of the natives have the same gender.
  3. 50
    De ontheemde door Ursula K. Le Guin (andomck)
  4. 20
    Shadow Man door Melissa Scott (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Explorations of gender beyond the gender binary
  5. 20
    Four Ways to Forgiveness door Ursula K. Le Guin (sturlington)
  6. 10
    Commitment Hour door James Alan Gardner (MyriadBooks)
  7. 10
    Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 1 door Fumi Yoshinaga (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Ooku: The Inner Chambers explores a feudal Japan where women rule the country after a devastating plague kills the majority of the male population. Gender roles are inverted, and Ooku: The Inner Chambers follows the story of a young man who becomes a concubine to the Shogun of Japan shortly after she comes to power.… (meer)
  8. 10
    A Door Into Ocean door Joan Slonczewski (Konran)
  9. 10
    A Time of Changes door Robert Silverberg (LamontCranston)
  10. 32
    Embassytown door China Miéville (santhony)
    santhony: Science fiction as seen through the prism of anthropology and sociology.
  11. 10
    Vernietiging door Jeff VanderMeer (andomck)
    andomck: Scientists exploring an alien environment
  12. 00
    Dark Water's Embrace door Stephen Leigh (MyriadBooks)
  13. 11
    Heer van het licht door Roger Zelazny (WildMaggie)
  14. 00
    Glory Season door David Brin (ultimatebookwyrm)
    ultimatebookwyrm: Two books in the nature of a thought experiment with regard to gender and social construction. Slow, methodical reads that aren't afraid to say a few things that won't be popular.
  15. 11
    De godenmakers door Frank Herbert (themulhern)
    themulhern: Two radically different novels about the business of reclaiming/rediscovering/reuniting with planets that were lost during a great stellar war.
  16. 35
    Heerlijke nieuwe wereld door Aldous Huxley (andomck)
    andomck: Science Fiction involving "unorthodox" procreation
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https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5734490247

I really enjoyed this, though am having a hard time figuring out what I'd like to say about it. I found the exploration of sex and gender pretty extraordinary for late 60s science fiction, prescient even for today (the afterword has some good additional notes on how it was perceived then and how it has aged). I was a little surprised at how many concepts and words I stumbled upon that have become more or less grammar in science fiction (notably, ansible).

There are a few lines that I really like, that stood above the rest for me on this, my first read:

"'We are not a sophisticated people.'" Perhaps this doesn't stand as well outside of its context. This is one of our primary characters comparing a neighboring government (a "full-blown bureaucracy") that has developed Orwellian methods of population control and thought-policing. A few lines before, there is a discussion of the Farms and how the neighboring government would boast about them. This lie in the truth of the thing is a theme throughout the book that I found fascinating.

That line pairs well with a line about 50 pages before, also comparing these governments, with the monarchy the 'more primitive' of the two: "It was odd that in the less primitive society, the more sinister note was struck."

It's hard not to think about 1984 here, and maybe Brave New World (though this one I've never given a thorough read and always sort of glazed over).

Later in the book, there begins an exploration of nationalism and patriotism. "Very few Orgota know how to cook. Hate Orgoreyn? No, how should I? How does one hate a country, or love one? Tibe talks about it; I lack the trick of it.I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry? ..."

(Another dash of Orwell in the "un" language, to my eye.)

And then:

"And I wondered, not for the first time, what patriotism is, what the love of country truly consists of, how that yearning loyalty that had shaken my friend's voice arises, and how so real a love can become, too often, so foolish and vile a bigotry. Where does it go wrong?"

I'll be reflecting on the book for a while, but these all stand out to me. ( )
  ThomasEB | Jul 4, 2024 |
I'm basically reading the whole Hainish Cycle (in random order), and that's what made me re-read this book, and I'm so glad I did. All I remembered is that they suffer in the snow, but that's only a small part of the book. Le Guin is at her best making up very interesting civilizations, and we get two societies and two religions in this book. I really liked how the core plot is interspersed with "folk tales". For me this is not a heavy hitter like some of the short stories and Dispossessed but it's certainly a great book. Right now the Hainish Cycle gives me a really weird feeling, because I'm familiar with wanting to spend more time in a fictional universe (like binge-watching 450 episodes of Start Trek even though most of the episode are not even good) but with the Hainish Cycle it's not escapism at all because it's always touching on real world problems, and it's not even really just one fictional universe. I don't think the world is ready for the Hainish Cinematic Universe, but I certainly am. I would imagine it as disconnected original stories by different directors, definitely not the existing books made into movies. ( )
  yellowdaniel | Jun 26, 2024 |
DNF

Dude goes to a winter world where its inhabitants are ambisexual and he has trouble accepting it.

The writing is fantastic and the world building is well done. This is a very intellectual novel mostly focusing on the topics of gender.
After listening for 4 hours there wasn’t much in way of plot development, and whilst I did find a lot of the discussions thought provoking, I wasn’t that entertained and my interest was waning. I might try another of this authors works but this one wasn’t doing it for me.
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
You can never go wrong with Ursula Le Guin.
The book features outstanding worldbuilding, multi-dimensional fully fleshed out main characters, and an inspiring story that leaves you with a lot of food for thought. ( )
  AsimGasimzade | Apr 4, 2024 |
This book has sent my mind in many different directions. At certain moments I just wanted more of the philosophical and anthropological but I got plot instead. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting read. ( )
  Lokileest | Apr 2, 2024 |
1-5 van 387 worden getoond (volgende | toon alle)
Bei dem Roman "Die linke Hand der Dunkelheit" handelt es sich um nicht weniger als die erste Geschlechter-Utopie: Die Menschen auf dem Planeten Winter, die Gethianer, sind vier Fünftel ihres Erwachsenenlebens geschlechtslos, nur während der sogenannten Kemmer entwickeln sie vorübergehend männliche oder weibliche Geschlechtsorgane, wobei sie vorher weder wissen, welches Geschlecht sie annehmen werden, noch Einfluss darauf haben. Auch haben sie keine bestimmte Vorliebe für eines der Geschlechter. Sind sie nach dem Verständnis des auf ihrem Planeten gelandeten männlichen Terraners die meiste Zeit ihres Lebens "hermaphroditische Neutren", so sehen sie sich selbst als "Potentiale" oder "Integrale". Der lebenslänglich auf ein Geschlecht festgelegte und ständig sexualisierte Terraner hingegen ist für sie ein "sexuelles Monstrum". In einer Gesellschaft wie der gethenianischen gibt es keine Vergewaltigung und natürlich keinen Ödipus-Mythos. Da kein Individuum weiß, ob es sich in der nächsten Kemmer-Phase zur Frau oder zum Mann entwickelt, jedeR Mutter des einen und Vater eines anderen Kindes sein kann, ist die gethenianische Gesellschaft "in ihren alltäglichen Funktionen und ihrer Kontinuität frei von Konflikten, die ihren Ursprung in der Sexualität haben", denn "jeder kann alles machen". Überhaupt, so heißt es an einer Stelle, ist "die Tendenz zum Dualismus, die das Denken der Menschen so beherrscht, auf Winter weit weniger stark ausgeprägt". Eine solche Gesellschaft vorzustellen, ist zumindest das Anliegen Le Guins, doch gelingt es ihr nur bedingt. Zwar sind Denken und Gemeinschaft nicht durch die Geschlechterdichotomie bestimmt, doch ist "alles [...] dem Somer-Kemmer-Zyklus unterworfen", einer anderen Dichotomie also.
toegevoegd door Indy133 | bewerkliteraturkritik.de, Rolf Löchel (Jul 1, 2000)
 
An instant classic
toegevoegd door bgibbard | bewerkMinneapolis Star-Tribune
 

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Le Guin, Ursula K.primaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
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Živković, ZoranVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Bailhache, JeanTraductionSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Baranyi, GyulaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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芙佐, 小尾翻訳Secundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Guidall, GeorgeVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Horne, MatildeVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Laretei, HeldurIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Lemen, VanessaIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Lottem, EmanuelVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Lueg, Lena FongOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Lupton, DavidIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Malaguti, U.TraduttoreSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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McArdle, JamesVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Reinsalu, TiinaIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.

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