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I have to start by making a comparison tothere is a shocking similarity between the worlds- view spoiler [The controlled environment, the whole story from the perspective of a protagonist scared to go against rules, a woman whose involvement makes the protagonist do things he wouldn’t have otherwise dreamed jy.

Still the builder, is a romantic, jevegnij heart, in a civilization, that doesn’t believe or tolerate, such nonsense. While on an assigned walk with O, D meets a woman named I I wish I could care more about the fact that this is a groundbreaking, original, and rather ballsy zamjatkn, than I do about not looking and acting like dumb kids in my high school, but I cannot.

This is the powerful, hugely influential book credited with being the inspiration and influence behind both and Brave New World.

Now, why would I think that an old SF novel from might jevgenoj be as polished and extravagant in exploring ideas and crafting a truly delicious dystopia as, say,or Anthem, or Brave New World as they did many years later? Equality is taken to such lengths that people with well-developed physiques are liable to have lopped limbs. Inthe novel received a Prometheus Award in the “Hall of Fame” category. One thousand years after the One State’s conquest of the entire world, the spaceship Integral is being built in order to invade and conquer extraterrestrial planets.

But We is worth reading for more than historical reasons.

Jevgenij Zamjatin – My

I fully recognize I’m assholish, and I’m not expecting to win any hearts merely by being self-aware; I was just being honest about some negative aspects of my personality I’m working on correcting. However, WE acknowledge that the human nature of the ancient may still error, that it may take more generations yet before WE are a perfectly harmonic unity, a perfect WE. Retrieved 28 November Did I avoid this mainly because I couldn’t pronounce the author’s name? When the material wants of the Soviet people are satisfied, will many of them continue to resent regimentation?


The description predates both Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, the difference being that Yevgeny Zamyatin actually experienced this firsthand.

Call me a decadent bourgeois if you wish, but I am unwilling to give up my individualism—yes, including my selfishness! Communism in practice, if not in theory demands each of its fellow-travelers to exist on a purely atomic level.

D is the real deal, because Zamyatin was the real deal.

I had noticed pop up in my feed and more chatter about that and Brave New World in the media, which my thoughts upstream towards their source Zamyatin’s novel We.

Published in Diary of a Pilgrimage and Six Essays. No drinking or smoking, even sex regulated zamjafin, yes, an appointment.

We must consider all the cataclysmic events that have happened since it was written: Many comparisons to The Bible exist in We. Her initial intentions seem innocent, but soon D starts to question her identity and indeed his own.

There is a mass-market version available. However, it was rather underwhelming. This is a tricky book to read. In We science is very zamjatinn at the service of OneState. Lists with This Book.

There are events that both the reader and the hero do not fully understand, and this is my favorite thing about this work. I heard that you had read this before writing In the chilling end, the state has found a solution to make individuality obsolete: And it’s clear to me, inviolably clear: Would you abandon the individual rights, the free will?

The war only ended after the use of weapons of mass destructionso that the One State is surrounded with a post-apocalyptic landscape. But then Orwell was writing more than 25 years later when advanced ideas like television were in the air. If We sounds familiar to you, there’s a good reason for it. It managed to keep my love of philosophical discussions intact but greatly decreased the amount of wine I can have fueling those.


We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Zamyatin is very clever in his use of names and numbers and mathematics, and his psychological portrait of the protagonist is as absorbing as it is disturbing. Numbers translates nomera Russian: Sal The book is written in a dry manner on purpose. Therefore, WE must eliminate, make redundant, elements not compliant with us, elements who by chaos work against our happiness. View all 43 comments. Anche sotto il punto di vista della forma letteraria, lo trovo estremamente valido e attuale. Regardless of this, Zamyatin’s prose is far better than yours.

The spaceship that D is supervising the construction of is called the Integralwhich he hopes will “integrate the grandiose cosmic equation”.

The book was considered a “malicious slander on socialism” in the Soviet Union, and it was not until when Zamyati Yevgeny Zamyatin Russian: Another piece in the long history of dystopias—and one that influenced George Orwell.

However, D expresses surprise that even torture could not induce I to denounce her comrades. D is so much the better character than Winston. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Time has dispelled some of the youthful cocky confidence, softened a few edges, sharpened a few more, and helped open my eyes to the areas of life I used to give little thought to before.

The enemies of happiness, no less! Maybe Western society has to shoulder some of the guilt here.

We was published in English inand reviewed by Orwell in the Tribune Magazine in ; was not published until