We

We

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by Yevgeny Zamyatin
     
 

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We is set into the far flung future well after a war that had lasted two-hundred years.
D-503 lives in the One State, a lone city constructed almost entirely of glass so that the State can keep an eye on the citizens at all times.
Life is organized by hour in order to maximum proficiency and maximum output from every inhabitant. People walk in step with each

Overview

We is set into the far flung future well after a war that had lasted two-hundred years.
D-503 lives in the One State, a lone city constructed almost entirely of glass so that the State can keep an eye on the citizens at all times.
Life is organized by hour in order to maximum proficiency and maximum output from every inhabitant. People walk in step with each other and wear identical clothing with badges with their numbers/names for easy identification by the States agents.
'I' is not allowed. Only 'We' exists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148852025
Publisher:
Two-Gunner Pulp Press
Publication date:
12/28/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
570,540
File size:
233 KB

Meet the Author

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin, (January 20 1884 – March 10, 1937) was a controversial Russian author of science fiction and political satire, who was banned and exiled for his polemic against the oppressive communist regime.
Despite having been a prominent Old Bolshevik, Zamyatin was deeply disturbed by the policies pursued by the CPSU following the October Revolution. He is most famous for his 1921 novel ‘We’, a story set in a dystopian future police state.
In 1921, ‘We’ became the first work banned by the Soviet censorship board.
Ultimately, Zamyatin arranged for ‘We’ to be smuggled to the West for publication.
The subsequent outrage this sparked within the Party and the Union of Soviet Writers led directly to Zamyatin's successful request for exile from his homeland.
Due to his use of literature to criticize Soviet society, Zamyatin has been referred to as one of the first Soviet dissidents.
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Zamyatin once wrote: "..until it becomes possible in our country to serve great ideas without cringing before little men,"-- Yevgeny Zamyatin, writer: from a letter he wrote to Stalin on being able to return home to Russia from exile.

Anyone with enough courage to write that statement to one of the most murderous dictators in all of human history, is someone to pay attention to.

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J_D_ More than 1 year ago
Like a refreshing breath of air, I chanced upon We as I was drowning in all the trashy sci-fi that has been filling shelves as of late. To say it simply, We is the best science fiction novel I have ever read (and I have read my fair share). It has, in its 203 pages, a story of a simple man who worships his government with a wild abandon, until the day when he contracts an awful and uniquely human condition. We is a prime, perhaps the greatest, example of a Dystopian novel: it in many ways sets the groundwork for ALL dystopian stories to come. In it we read elements of famous books to come, such as Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. But. but there is something more, different, indescribable about We that Zamyatin could never have planned: a magic that resides in between the words. That being said, We is also one of the most exclusionary books I have read as well. While I fully believe that this book has never achieved the popularity and success that it should have, shared by 1984 and Brave New World, I can truly understand why: We is written as the journal of a mathematical genius, and his view of nature as "some big equation, yet to be solved" leaks heavily into his journal entries and this, coupled with his conflicting ideas about himself and his surroundings, does not make a welcoming environment for the everyday reader. I highly recommend this book, but only to those hardcore sci-fi buffs and intellectual book-club readers that can wade through it. If it can be tolerated, or better yet appreciated for what it is, then We could be your next favorite-book.
JakeNJ More than 1 year ago
Yevgeny Zamyatin has a very interesting history himself. Being a part of Russian Intelligentsia, he was a strong proponent of Russian revolutionary movement and a believer in "change" that was about to follow. While in England, he heard that the change is about to happen and Yevgeny rushed back, so that he could be part the movement to overthrow Czarist regime and create what he thought would have been a workers' paradise. Fast forward a bit and he started to realize that the change that he himself helped create was not at all what it was claiming to be and reality of that change created despot and despair. While the publishing and the media was not yet completely taken over by the new regime, he was able to publish and write several essays, but then further realizing that the regime is changing even more so, he was banned and even arrested for his ideological free voice. If you liked "Brave New World" and "1984", you will love this or actually the other way around. "We" was published before the other two and there are so many items here that were borrowed by Huxley and Orwell, it is not even a question of if, but obvious what and which portions were. Zamyatin creates a One State society in his novel "We", where everyone and everything is for Benefactor's sake and for the "happiness" of the citizens. The wall around the city doesn't just protect those from outside getting in, but also for those inside for being "happy". Here we see strong resemblances of the same picture perfect anti Utopian "Utopia" as in "Brave New World". We see rationing and partnership assignments, if you will, just like in Huxley's novel, and many parts, which I am sure Huxley decided to "borrow" from "We". Also, there are many examples of despot and punishment, social behavior and work related previsions as we see in "1984" later. My guess is as such. Since Soviet Union was not big on world copyright laws, and the fact that some of Zamyatin's works were not officially published until 1980s and even 90s, that both Huxley and Orwell had an opportunity to reviewing those works. Lesser in popularity of all three of those anti Utopian novels, "We" however does present a great example, interesting and clever plot on the society that is "great" in theory, but not so in reality.  Zamyatin is a great visionary and this book, scary enough, could have been a road map for despots to use. "Freedom or happiness, but if you are free, you can't be happy" - We, Zamyatin. Also, the numerous examples of how "chaotic" the free world is and was, in what "We" refers to as in ancients' way of life. Freedom caused crime and war according to One State and Benefactor. It seems that by associating freedom with all the "evil" in the world, the Benefactor and Guardians are able to create this "perfect" happy world that is not free, but "happy".  Overall, I really enjoyed reading this first of the three great anti Utopian novels. It is a wonderful example of both fiction and the author's reality, how utopia only exists in theory, but in reality people do want and do strive for freedom to make their own decision and their own choices. Zamyatin's life, is a perfect example of to be careful of what you wish for and out of the three, he is the only author who actually wrote his work while living in completely despotic society. Highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really won't get into it here. "We" is a book that you have to read to understand why I feel this way. If you remember reading dystopian novels in high school, I can guarantee that your teacher missed this jewel. A precursor and inspiration to 1984 and Brave New World, this book makes Ayn Rand's Anthem look like a kids book. (not to mention that I believe that her book is a blatant rip of the subject book.) Zamyatin's genius truly shines in this short but well thought out piece of anti-Stalinist writing, that transcends (as all good books do) time and space.
ShotgunAndy More than 1 year ago
We is such a perfect novel that to sum it in such a small area such as this would be a great injustice to the magnitude of this novel's quality. Simply put: We is, hands down, one of the single greatest works of literature ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WE is a true classic and an extraordinary novel in many senses. It was the inspiration behind George Orwell¿s book 1984, and other subsequent books of the utopian/dystopian sub-genre, such as UNION MOUJIK, BRAVE NEW WORLD. The age-old conflict between individual self and the collective being that man has grappled with in our efforts to become more human is treated beautifully in thus book. What is peculiar about it is that the author never allowed politics to dominate. Overall, the Utopian-Fantasy is a recommended read.
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
Many people's first introduction to dystopic literature is when they read "1984" in high school. However, the roots of dystopian literature go back even farther. One of the first - and seminal works - of this genre is Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We". It is the grandfather of works like "1984", "Brave New World", and Vonnegut's "Player Piano". It is a satirical look at the utopian fantasy ruled by a select elite. Our story revolves around D-503, a mathmetician and scientist working on the Integral, a spaceship that will take his society's One State philosophy (via conquest) to other worlds. In the One State, life is organized to promote maximum efficiency (its developer, F.W. Taylor, is almost revered in this culture). Everyone's lives in One State are regimented, right down to the number of chews everyone is to take from their bite of food to regularly scheduled conjugal visits. Further, there is no concept of privacy, as all walls are transparent except for those conjugal visits when curtains may be lowered. D-503 writes his journal as a prelude to the launch of Integral as a way of explaining his society to those worlds his One State attempts to conquer. However, along the way his attention is diverted by the charms of I-330 who smokes and openly flirts with D-503 in open defiance of One State. However much she repels him, yet he is strangely attracted to her. As time goes one, we find D-503 slowly losing his firm grasp on what he thought he knew. He is obsessed over the thought of the square root of -1 (which is an imaginary number and something with which a mathmetician would be familiar). D-503 eventually discovers that I-330 is a member of MELPHI, a group seeking to reintegrate the One State society with those humans still living on the outside. It is from that point that D-503 reaches his end and his eventual restoration within the One State society. There are some difficulties with the book, notwithstanding its classic stature. Because it was translated from Russian, certain sentences come off as awkward in reading. It areas where D-503 is going through a delusional phase, the short, choppy sentences don't lend themselves to easy reading. On the positive, this a great story to show what the effects of government as patriarch can do to a society, especially after members of the One State start rebelling. All of the efforts of the patrician government are for the benefit (read: subjugation) of their citizens. Much of what we today call "Orwellian" speech can be rightly find its birthplace in this book. D-503 routinely denounces concepts such as freedom and free will as the cause of unhappiness; only through rigid adherence to the wishes of the state can true happiness be found. BOTTOM LINE: This book should be on the shelf of every enthusiastic reader of science fiction/dystopian literature.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure this book is great, but the ebook version is absolutely terrible. By far the worst conversion I have ever read. Words missing, haphazard punctuation, letters merged or omitted...all of this, several times per page. Truly awful. Do yourself a favor and either pick another "We" ebook version or just buy a hard copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in the aftermath of the Bolshvik revolution, this intriguing novel is as relevant today as it was when it was written. The cult of conformity and subversion of critical thinking and introspection are still alive and well. "We" is a prescient tale and carries lessons that we need to re-learn today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Thought it might read a little dated, written in the early 20th century. Not at all. Sucker for the dystopian novels, and this is the mother & the father of them all
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