“[Zamyatin’s] intuitive grasp of the irrational side of totalitarianism– human sacrifice, cruelty as an end in itself–makes...more
“[Zamyatin’s] intuitive grasp of the irrational side of totalitarianism– human sacrifice, cruelty as an end in itself–makes [We] superior to Huxley’s [Brave New World].”–George OrwellAn inspiration for George Orwell’s 1984 and a precursor to the work of Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem, We is a classic of dystopian science fiction ripe for rediscovery. Written in 1921 by the Russian revolutionary Yevgeny Zamyatin, this story of the thirtieth century is set in the One State, a society where all live for the collective good and individual freedom does not exist. The novel takes the form of the diary of state mathematician D-503, who, to his shock, experiences the most disruptive emotion imaginable: love for another human being.At once satirical and sobering–and now available in a powerful new modern translation–We speaks to all who have suffered under repression of their personal and artistic freedom. “One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.”–Irving Howe less
Very enjoyable and different work, especially when considering the era during which it was written. Pretty much 1984 meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you enjoy Orwell's work or Kafka, I can recommend Zamyatin's overlooked classic.
This book is so awesome. If you believe that Aldous Huxley didn't know about this book, despite the fact that it predates "A Brave New World" by nearly a decade and is practically identical, then you're an idiot. This is a classic.