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Anthem

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Anthem

by Ayn Rand
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He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge, to discover. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: he had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. In a world where all traces of individualism had been wiped out, Equality 7-2521 rediscovered the lost and holy word—"I."

Ayn Rand's classic tale of a future dark age of the great "We"—in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values—anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge, to discover. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: he had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. In a world where all traces of individualism had been wiped out, Equality 7-2521 rediscovered the lost and holy word—"I."

Ayn Rand's classic tale of a future dark age of the great "We"—in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values—anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

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  • Ayn Rand (1905–1982) was born in Russia, graduated from the University of Leningrad, and came to the United States in 1926. She published her first novel in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success, and her unique philosophy, Objectivism, gained a worldwide following.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Ayn Rand's Anthem is a short dystopic novel about a man who escapes a society from which all individuality has been squeezed. Its allegory is crudely transparent, and the ideas have lost their political urgency. (The book was published in 1938, a decade before Orwell's 1984.) But Anthem provides a good introduction to Rand's philosophy of "objectivism," which is built on individuality, freedom, and reason. Paul Meier is an excellent choice for the novel's first-person narrator--he manages to maintain an urgency in his voice, pleading but never whining, mirroring the main character's struggle against his totalitarian world. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
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