The Englishman from Lebedian: A Life of Evgeny Zamiatin

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This volume explores the life and work of Evgeny Zamiatin, whose renown abroad has largely been shaped by his anti-utopian novel We, completed in 1919-20. After his death in 1937, he seemed fated to disappear into obscurity in the West, at the same time as he was being airbrushed out of Soviet literary history at home. George Orwell, who readily acknowledged that reading We had contributed to his own ideas for 1984, together with Professor Gleb Struve, set out to secure Zamiatin's reputation after the Second ...
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Overview

This volume explores the life and work of Evgeny Zamiatin, whose renown abroad has largely been shaped by his anti-utopian novel We, completed in 1919-20. After his death in 1937, he seemed fated to disappear into obscurity in the West, at the same time as he was being airbrushed out of Soviet literary history at home. George Orwell, who readily acknowledged that reading We had contributed to his own ideas for 1984, together with Professor Gleb Struve, set out to secure Zamiatin's reputation after the Second World War. It would be sixty-five years after its initial publication that the novel finally became available to Russian readers at home, at the very end of the Soviet era. Only now has We been recognized in Zamiatin's own country as a defining text, warning of the political and technological dangers of the coming century.
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“Julie Curtis’s The Englishman from Lebedian’: A Life of Evgeny Zamiatin is an indispensable new biography for readers who want to learn more about one of Russia’s most important 20th-century writers. Curtis has unearthed fascinating new details about Zamiatin’s early years in England, and she brings to life the world of Revolutionary Russia as he wrote what would become his masterpiece, We. The biography’s concluding chapters are especially riveting, as Curtis describes
Zamiatin’s final years in emigration and his relationship with friends and colleagues in Soviet Russia and abroad. Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Englishman from Lebedian’ will undoubtedly become the English language standard for both scholars and general readers.” —Justin Weir, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618112804
  • Publisher: Academic Studies Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Curtis is a Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, where she has been teaching Russian since 1991. She is the author of two books about Evgeny Zamiatin’s close friend and contemporary Mikhail Bulgakov, including a biography (Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov—A Life in Letters and Diaries). She also has a particular interest in Russian drama from Pushkin to the present day. In the course of her research on Zamiatin’s life she discovered a unique original typescript of his most famous novel, the science-fiction anti-utopia We (1920), which George Orwell read and admired as he was planning his own Nineteen Eighty Four. Her scholarly edition of Zamiatin’s We, co-edited with Marina Liubimova, was published in St Petersburg in 2011, and provided Russian readers for the first time with an authentic text of this classic work.
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