Ernest Callenbach

  • Trois États de la côte ouest des États-Unis - la Californie, l'Oregon et l'État de Washington - décident de faire sécession et de construire, dans un isolement total, une société écologique radicale, baptisée Écotopia. Vingt ans après, l'heure est à la reprise des relations diplomatiques entre les deux pays. Pour la première fois, l'Écotopia ouvre ses frontières à un journaliste américain, William Weston. Au fil de ses articles envoyés au Times-Post, Weston décrit tous les aspects de la société écotopienne : les femmes au pouvoir, l'autogestion, la décentralisation, les 20 heures de travail hebdomadaire, le recyclage systématique, la relation passionnée à la nature, etc. Quant à son journal intime, il révèle le parcours initiatique qui est le sien ; d'abord sceptique, voire cynique, William Weston vit une profonde transformation intérieure. Son histoire d'amour intense avec une Écotopienne va le contraindre à choisir entre deux mondes.

  • A novel both timely and prophetic, Ernest Callenbach's Ecotopia is a hopeful antidote to the environmental concerns of today, set in an ecologically sound future society. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as the "newest name after Wells, Verne, Huxley, and Orwell," Callenbach offers a visionary blueprint for the survival of our planet . . . and our future.
    Ecotopia was founded when northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the Union to create a "stable-state" ecosystem: the perfect balance between human beings and the environment. Now, twenty years later, this isolated, mysterious nation is welcoming its first officially sanctioned American visitor: New York Times-Post reporter Will Weston.
    Skeptical yet curious about this green new world, Weston is determined to report his findings objectively. But from the start, he's alternately impressed and unsettled by the laws governing Ecotopia's earth-friendly agenda: energy-efficient "mini-cities" to eliminate urban sprawl, zero-tolerance pollution control, tree worship, ritual war games, and a woman-dominated government that has instituted such peaceful revolutions as the twenty-hour workweek and employee ownership of farms and businesses. His old beliefs challenged, his cynicism replaced by hope, Weston meets a sexually forthright Ecotopian woman and undertakes a relationship whose intensity will lead him to a critical choice between two worlds.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.