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The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet Russia

Yevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand. In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity - until D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul. Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, We is the classic dystopian novel and was the forerunner of works such as George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World . It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom, yet is also a powerful, exciting and vivid work of science fiction. Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1993
ISBN: 9780140185850
Characteristics: xxxii, 221 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Clarence 1929-


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the first great dystopia? or was that Sir Thomas More's.

redban Jun 27, 2016

Along with Jack London's "The Iron Heel", this book was the template for the satirical dystonia novels genre of later decades (Huxley's "Brave New World", Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four").

morrisonist Jul 23, 2015

This is Russian 1984

Jul 18, 2015

This is the book that inspired Orwell. Very groundbreaking for when it was written, a literary omen of sorts.

May 14, 2015

Quite an interesting read, i like the concept laid forward by the author. Though i did find myself confused a little bit about the imagery described, such as the green wall, and the building from the past. Not too mention that the whole concept of everyone observing everyone else is a bit undefined.

Non the less the story if quite well paced and proffers interesting ethical and philosophical conundrums well worth your thought. Definitely a recommended read especially for those who appreciate dystopic type novels.

_humanerror Oct 10, 2011

great book, confusing but was an amazing read.

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