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Ursula K. Le Guin

Data di nascita: 21. Ottobre 1929
Data di morte: 22. Gennaio 2018
Altri nomi: Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, Урсула Ле Гуин

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin è stata una scrittrice e glottoteta statunitense, autrice di fantascienza e di fantasy.

Ha vinto cinque premi Hugo e sei premi Nebula - i massimi riconoscimenti della letteratura fantastica - ed è considerata una delle principali autrici di fantascienza. La profondità e attualità dei suoi temi, che spaziano dal femminismo all'utopia e al pacifismo, hanno reso i suoi romanzi noti e apprezzati ben oltre il tradizionale circolo di lettori di genere. Tra le sue opere si ricordano in particolare La mano sinistra delle tenebre e I reietti dell'altro pianeta . Wikipedia

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„The artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin

Introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness (1976)
Contesto: The artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.

„We don’t live in order to die, we live in order to live.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin

in an interview http://www.viceland.com/int/v15n12/htdocs/ursula-k-le-guin-440.php?country=uk in Vice Magazine.
Contesto: Belief in heaven and hell is a big deal in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and some forms of doctrinaire Buddhism. For the rest of us it’s simply meaningless. We don’t live in order to die, we live in order to live.

„I have never found anywhere, in the domain of art, that you don't have to walk to.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin, libro The Language of the Night

The Language of the Night (1979)
Contesto: I have never found anywhere, in the domain of art, that you don't have to walk to. (There is quite an array of jets, buses and hacks which you can ride to Success; but that is a different destination.) It is a pretty wild country. There are, of course, roads. Great artists make the roads; good teachers and good companions can point them out. But there ain't no free rides, baby. No hitchhiking. And if you want to strike out in any new direction — you go alone. With a machete in your hand and the fear of God in your heart.

„To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that’s the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin

"The magician" by Maya Jaggi in The Guardian (17 December 2005) http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/childrenandteens/story/0,,1669112,00.html
Contesto: Sometimes one’s very angry and preaches, but I know that to clinch a point is to close it. To leave the reader free to decide what your work means, that’s the real art; it makes the work inexhaustible.

„We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin

National Book Awards, November 2014 https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/national-book-awards-ursula-le-guin
Contesto: I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings. … Power can be resisted and changed by human beings; resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words. I’ve had a long career and a good one, in good company, and here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river.... The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.

„True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The fake one is.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin

"Myth and Archetype in Science Fiction" (1976)
Contesto: True myth may serve for thousands of years as an inexhaustible source of intellectual speculation, religious joy, ethical inquiry, and artistic renewal. The real mystery is not destroyed by reason. The fake one is. You look at it and it vanishes. You look at the Blond Hero — really look — and he turns into a gerbil. But you look at Apollo, and he looks back at you. The poet Rilke looked at a statue of Apollo about fifty years ago, and Apollo spoke to him. “You must change your life,” he said. When true myth rises into consciousness, that is always its message. You must change your life.

„The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin

National Book Awards, November 2014 https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/national-book-awards-ursula-le-guin
Contesto: I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings. … Power can be resisted and changed by human beings; resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words. I’ve had a long career and a good one, in good company, and here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river.... The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom.

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