Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88

The writer Ursula K. The Guin, known primarily for her science fiction works, passed away on January 22 at his home in Portland at 88 yearshis own family reported to the media.

It was her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, who confirmed the news to the press and although he did not specify the natural cause of death, he commented that the writer had been in poor health for months.

Ursula K. Le Guin, admired throughout the world of literature, was the first woman to win the award of title of Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America (SFWA). Long before that moment, she was recognized as the woman writer who has contributed the most to fiction and fantasy literature.

Feminist renowned, Le Guin wrote about the main themes of her chosen genres: witchcraft and dragons, spaceships and planetary conflict. Her feminist trait is especially noticeable in her male protagonists, in whom she avoids at all costs giving her the typical macho posture of so many science fiction and fantasy heroes that are in other novels, series and cinema films. The conflicts they generally face are often rooted in a clash of cultures and are resolved more through conciliation and self-sacrifice that through the game of swords or space battles, nothing normal or seen in most fantasy novels.

His books have been translated more than 40 languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of them, like "The left hand of the darkness", set on a planet where the usual gender distinctions do not apply, have been putting copies on sale for almost 50 years. The critic Harold bloom defined the writer as follows: "A superbly imaginative creator and great stylist who has elevated fantasy to high literature for our time."

If you like the work of Ursula K. Le Guin and / or want to know a little more about her and about other literary genres that she also played, tomorrow we will offer you a special dedicated to her memory.

Rest in peace. 

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