Five hundred years since its first publication, Thomas More s Utopia remains astonishingly radical and provocative. More imagines an island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and property is communal. In a text hovering between fantasy, satire, blueprint and game, More explores the theories and realities behind war, political conflicts, social tensions and redistribution, and imagines the day-to-day lives of a citizenry living free from fear, oppression, violence and suffering.
But there has always been a shadow at the heart of Utopia. If this is a depiction of the perfect state, why, as well as wonder, does it provoke a growing unease?
In this quincentenary edition, published in conjunction with Somerset House, More s text is introduced by multi-award-winning author China Mieville and accompanied by four essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, today s most distinguished utopian writer and thinker.."
We can t do without this book. We are all and have always been Thomas More s children.China MievilleI am offered the Grand Inquisitor s choice. Will you choose freedom without happiness, or happiness without freedom? The only answer one can make, I think, is: No.Ursula K. Le Guin"