The Left Hand of Darkness

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The Left Hand of Darkness
AuthorUrsula K. Le Guin
Cover artistLeo and Diane Dillon (depicted)[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesHainish Cycle
GenreScience fiction
Published1969 (Ace Books)[2]
Media typePrint (paperback original; hardcover also 1969)
Pages286 (first edition)
300 (most modern editions)
OCLC181524
Preceded byCity of Illusions[3]
Followed byThe Word for World Is Forest[3][a]

The Left Hand of Darkness is a science fiction book that was written by Ursula K. Le Guin in 1969. It won the 1969 Nebula and 1970 Hugo awards.

Translations[change | change source]

  • Catalan: La Mà Esquerra de la Foscor, 1985, 1997
  • Croatian: Lijeva ruka tame, 2004 (ISBN 978-953-203-182-9)
  • Czech: Levá ruka tmy
  • Danish: Mørkets venstre hånd
  • Danish: De linkerhand van het duister
  • Estonian: Pimeduse pahem käsi
  • Finnish: Pimeyden vasen käsi
  • French: La Main gauche de la nuit
  • German: Die linke Hand der Dunkelheit, also known as Winterplanet (Heyne-Verlag paperback edition, translated by Gisela Stege)
  • Greek: Το αριστερό χέρι του Σκότους
  • Hebrew: מעבר לעלטה‎ and later as Hebrew: צד שמאל של החושך
  • Hungarian: A sötétség balkeze, 1979, 2015
  • Italian: La mano sinistra delle tenebre
  • Korean: 어둠의 왼손 1995, 2002
  • Polish: Lewa ręka ciemności
  • Portuguese: A Mão Esquerda da Escuridão
  • Romanian: Mâna stângă a întunericului
  • Russian: Левая рука Тьмы, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2006
  • Serbian: Leva ruka tame
  • Spanish: La Mano Izquierda de la Oscuridad
  • Serbian: Mörkrets vänstra hand
  • Turkish: Karanlığın Sol Eli

Notes[change | change source]

  1. This sequence refers to novels in the Hainish cycle. The short story "Winter's King" was published in 1969, between the publication of City of Illusions (1967) and Left Hand.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Bernardo, Susan M.; Murphy, Graham J. (2006). Ursula K. Le Guin: A Critical Companion (1st ed.). Westport, Connecticut, United States: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-33225-8.
  • Cadden, Mike (2005). Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults (1st ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-99527-6.
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. (1993). The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (revised ed.). HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-06-092412-6.

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