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Мы Author Yevgeny Zamyatin Download Ú 109 À The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny 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 oThe exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny 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. It's been a decade since I first read Zamyatin's masterpiece and even though this book remains unchanged for almost a century now the person who read it is not A decade later I'm a very different person no longer the wide eyed undergraduate who thought she had the world all figured out Time has added a bit life experience an overdose of cynicism a few collisions with the rougher edges of the universe and a few still subtle grey hairs Time has dispelled some of the youthful cocky confidence softened a few edges sharpened a few and helped open my eyes to the areas of life I used to give little thought to before It managed to keep my love of philosophical discussions intact but greatly decreased the amount of wine I can have fueling thoseIn short I'm no longer the same person as I was a decade ago reading Zamyatin's masterpiece for the first timeAnd this book for me now is very different than it was back then I can see of its unsettling depth and it leaves me almost speechless just joking of course nothing in this world can make me really shut upI remember being impressed by the dystopian society focusing on the idea of One State the totalitarian oppression and the parallels between it and the soon to follow societal changes in Zamyatin's motherland You know the obvious easy stuff the one that gets uite old after reading a few dystopian books like Orwell's one inspired by 'We' the stuff that causes exasperated sigh of 'Yes I get it totalitarian bad individualism suits humans oppression is evil so what' And that's right so what If that was all there was to Zamyatin's 'We' it would have disappeared from the public eye by now lingering perhaps only in a few dusty college classrooms What makes 'We' special is not dystopian society alone It's the amazing atmosphere Zamyatin creates through the pen of his protagonist a little formerly happy cog in the wheel with a few atavistic features and an unexpected development of an incurable condition a soul The writing so amazingly reflects the mental state of the confused man so fractured and frantic and stuttering and urgent and anxious and often disjointed laden with metaphors and unexpected emotions and full on scream of soul Because I live now not in our rational world but in the ancient one senseless the world of suare roots of minus one It's the strength of unexpected chaotic emotional outpouring and emotional breakdown from the protagonist running headfirst into the hitherto unknown to him wall of passion and jealousy and possessiveness with all the both lovely and frustrating humanity that follows “You're afraid of it because it's stronger than you you hate it because you're afraid of it you love it because you can't master it You can only love something that refuses to be mastered” It's the prominent in Russian literature motif of search for happiness and attempts to figure out the secret of this elusive happiness for all the soul search that leads to fewer answers than it inspires uestions “So here I am in step with everyone now and yet I'm still separate from everyone I am still trembling all over from the agitation I endured like a bridge after an ancient train has rumbled over it I am aware of myself And of course the only things that are aware of themselves and conscious of their individuality are irritated eyes cut fingers sore teeth A healthy eye finger tooth might as well not even be there Isn't it clear that individual consciousness is just sickness” I read this book again It left me unsettled and confused it left me uneasy and for all this I love it Because it does what literature is meant to do to disuiet the soul And for this I love it ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM 2012 BASED ON THE MEMORY OF FIRST READINGS OF THIS NOVEL IN 2004 2005Zamyatin's masterfully written dystopian masterpiece predated and likely inspired the popular Western books that explored the similar themes Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty Four Written in 1920 before the Soviet Union even existed it predicted the Stalin and Brezhnev eras with terrifying foresight Evgeniy Zamyatin did not share the fascination with the new State and the glory of the Great October Socialist Revolution “The only means of ridding man of crime is ridding him of freedom” With his novel Zamyatin disagrees No wonder it was banned in the Soviet Union until late 1980s since one of his characters brings up the ultimate blasphemy There is no final revolution Revolutions are infinite At that time during the birth of the new world order that emphasized the good of the State over the good of individual cogs in the machine the beauty of uniformity of unity over individual variations Zamyatin described the hollowness that replacing soul and love with cold reason and logic and individuals with numbers would bring In this world everything is rationalized de individualized regimented and oppressively safe Even the leader the Benefactor is little but a slave to the State “Now I no longer live in our clear rational world; I live in the ancient nightmare world the world of suare roots of minus one” Zamyatin's characters try to go against the great tide try to resist the State As a result at least for a short while his protagonist gets diagnosed with a serious medical condition developing a soul But fittingly for a dystopia there is no happy ending just a reader's faint hope that for some of them not all is lost I read this book in its original Russian so I really cannot comment on the uality of translation In Russian the writing is superb and the narrative voice is uniue and fascinating exaltingly sickeningly cheerful at the beginning and growing and confused as the story progresses I can only hope that the translations managed to capture at least some of that 5 stars

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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 Hu. This is a classic Russian science fiction dystopian novel published in 1924 that influenced many following books 1984 and Brave New World and authors such as Kurt Vonnegut and Ayn Rand According to Wiki “We is generally considered to be the grandfather of the satirical futuristic dystopia genre” The book had to be published outside of the USSR because under Stalin the author ended up first imprisoned and later exiled to France In an Introduction Foreword and Preface we are told that the book emphasizes the “insidious pressures for conformity” in the new RussiaPeople of the United State are called ‘Numbers’ which they all wear on the chests of their unifs as they walk around four abreast They all wake up at the same time and leave work at the same time and have a ‘personal hour’ and sexual days They live in high rise glass cubicles with curtains They attend compulsory meetings in auditoriums where they sing hymns to the state and hear from the ‘Well Dooer’ on a big screen They have to vote for him each year on the Day of Unanimity They eat a petroleum based food Rare resistances are punished by the offender being placed in a machine that dissolves him into water A ‘Green Wall’ separates the urban area from the remining wild world outside The main character is an engineer involved in building a spaceship to conuer other planets He happens to find a lover who is involved with a small group of potential rebels And ‘lover’ is the wrong word – the system does not allow love or permanent pairings – just hookups A corrupt doctor gives them alcohol and nicotine and they have a way of getting to the outside world beyond the wall The main character starts thinking about his soul and about having a child The rebellion may be spreading but at the same time the state is introducing a new reuired lobotomy type operation to nip this in the bud Why a rating of 3 This book has been in my TBR for years but I’ll be honest and say I’m not a fan of sci fi or dystopian novels The author uses math terms in symbolic ways that don’t help the story along The dialog seemed herky jerky to me at times and some of the plot I thought was confusing Still I’m glad I read it Top image Le Corbusier’s 1924 plan for Paris envisaged razing the city from Montmartre to the Seine to build 18 giant skyscrapers From thetimescoukSketch of the author from Wikipedia

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Мы Author Yevgeny ZamyatXley'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 than sixty years' suppressi. A city of glass 1000 years in the future domed with a green wall to keep out all the undesirable primitive life forms Animal human vegetable or insectA clean and sparkling place for its millions of citizens everything and everyone has a schedule the perfect One State No privacy people have numbers for names they dress light blue uniforms and eat the same food live in small sparse apartments which are transparent No drinking or smoking even sex regulated by yes an appointment Regular daily walks pep talks at auditoriums to keep all motivated Thousands sing and listen to the sacred words they have heard countless times before Guardians to help the Benefactor's rules be followed timetables are enforced Any deviations are rigorously crushed D 503 is the chief in charge of building the spaceship Integral now the perfect society can conuer space soon bringing happiness and order to a chaotic universe D 503 has a regular sex partner 0 90 but she falls in love with the mathematician the State doesn't approve emotional entanglements It causes disorder in a strict culture no conflicts The blue planet was devastated after the 200 year long war 99% of the population died Then he sees 1 330 a Will o' the Wisp forever coming and going befuddling D 503 He can never differentiate reality from a mirage when she's around a brilliant manwhen he returns to Earth Love reduces people to silliness misery and sometimes a little euphoria but there is something strange going on a secret she has an agenda His best friend R 13 is somehow connected the poet is full of big dreams what Mad Revolution unthinkable Unfreedom is paradise D 503 is scared He is taken by her amazingly outside the walls he feels naked uncomfortable Seeing crawling things always moving about in the frightening and unknown green environment is the vegetation very unhealthy Yellow fruit which D 503 recognized from ancient books in old museums The hot sun shining down nothing to regulate it here humans too dressed unalike Weird they don't look any different from us The wise man is drawn deeper into a plot he just can't say no to the beautiful 1 330 Causing much turbulence between he and dear jealous 0 90 yet he is being watched closely by the Guardians Does he risk torture and death for the woman he loves who may just be using D 503 for her own personal ambitions However the builder is a romantic at heart in a civilization that doesn't believe or tolerate such nonsense What will it be a bland but safe existence all the worries taken care of by the suffocating inhuman State Not a very fulfilling or exciting prospect maybe an unfamiliar perilous world And Birds are seen inside the city