By Ayn Rand
On hand for the 1st time in exchange paperback--this provocative publication is "an anthem sung in compliment of man's ego"--from the mythical writer Ayn RandAnthem has lengthy been hailed as one in every of Ayn Rand's vintage novels, and a transparent predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a daunting destiny within which members don't have any identify, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives at the hours of darkness a long time of the long run the place all judgements are made through committee, everyone dwell in collectives, and all strains of individualism were burnt up. regardless of this type of restrictive surroundings, the spark of person proposal and freedom nonetheless burns in him--a ardour which he has been taught to name sinful. In a simply egalitarian international, Equality 7-2521 dares to face except the herd--to imagine and select for himself, to find electrical energy, and to like the lady of his selection. Now he has been marked for dying for committing the final word sin. In a global the place the nice "we" reign splendid, he has rediscovered the misplaced and holy word--"I."
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Nothing moves in this tunnel save our hand on the paper. We are alone here under the earth. It is a fearful word, alone. The laws say that none among men may be alone, ever and at any time, for this is the great transgression and the root of all evil. But we have broken many laws. And now there is nothing here save our one body, and it is strange to see only two legs stretched on the ground, and on the wall before us the shadow of our one head. The walls are cracked and water runs upon them in thin threads without sound, black and glistening as blood.
We wished it so much that our hands trembled under the blankets in the night, and we bit our arm to stop that other pain which we could not endure. It was evil and we dared not face our brothers in the morning. For men may wish nothing for themselves. And we were punished when the Council of Vocations came to give us our life Mandates which tell those who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days. The Council of Vocations came on the first day of spring, and they sat in the great hall.
And there they study for many years, so that they may become candidates and be elected to the City Council and the State Council and the World Council--by a free and general vote of all men. But we wished not to be a Leader, even though it is a great honor. We wished to be a Scholar. " We walked to the dais, and our legs did not tremble, and we looked up at the Council. There were five members of the Council, three of the male gender and two of the female. Their hair was white and their faces were cracked as the clay of a dry river bed.
Anthem, Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition by Ayn Rand