We The Living Author:Ayn Rand She would die to live and love. — To those who found in Ayn Rand's bestsellers The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged a powerful voice raised in defense of the individual, this book is a must. It proclaims the same explosive philosophy, and its theme is one of the most significant of our day--the right of the individual to the pursuit of his own... more » happiness. It portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. It tells of a girl's passionate love, held like a fortress against the viciousness, cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state.
What Ayn Rand has to say about We The Living: "... it is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write. The plot is invented, the background is not. I was born in Russia, I was educated under the Soviets; I have seen the conditions of existence that I describe. The specific events of Kira's life were not mine; her ideas, her convictions, her values were and are."« less