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[My, dt.] Wir. Roman by Evgenij Ivanovi?…

[My, dt.] Wir. Roman (original 1920; edition 2011)

by Evgenij Ivanovi? Zamjatin

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Set in the twenty-sixth century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom. Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression.… (more)
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We: A Novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1920)

  1. 271
    Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (soylentgreen23, roby72, timoroso, MEStaton, 2810michael)
    timoroso: Zamyatin's "We" was not just a precursor of "Nineteen Eighty-Four" but the work Orwell took as a model for his own book.
  2. 250
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (tehran)
    tehran: Brave New World was largely inspired by Zamyatin's We.
  3. 60
    Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia by Alexander Bogdanov (leigonj)
    leigonj: As We (1920) is anti-communist Russian science fiction, Red Star (1908) is pro-communist Russian science fiction. They are equally superb.
  4. 30
    Aelita by Alexei Tolstoy (DuneSherban)
    DuneSherban: While thematically distinct from We, Aelita shares its problematic view of early Soviet society, and can also be read as a discourse on totalitarian society, revolution and Bolshevism (published originally in 1923).
  5. 30
    Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson (hippietrail)
    hippietrail: an even earlier dystopia novel from 1908
  6. 30
    This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (myshelves, VictoriaPL)
    myshelves: Dystopian novel.
  7. 00
    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (sturlington)
  8. 00
    Kallocain by Karin Boye (Oct326, catherinedarley)
  9. 00
    Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin (2810michael)
  10. 213
    Anthem by Ayn Rand (myshelves)
    myshelves: Dystopian novel. Wikipedia says: "Ayn Rand's Anthem (1938) has several major similarities to We, although it is stylistically and thematically different."
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Interesting story! Alas, the prose is disorienting; thus, I cannot award the fifth star. ( )
  djlinick | Jan 15, 2022 |
Classic dystopian fiction. I can see parts of so many different dystopian books and films in this, however it still manages to stand out of the crowd.
The book this reminds me most of is actually War of the Worlds, as like that book the story is done from a street level perspective. Our protagonist isn't at the centre of events and so we only get glimpses of the full picture.
Most police-state dystopias have some sort of love story in them to serve as a symbol of rebellion however this is more direct. Its not so much the individual verses the system, so much as the individuals penis verses the system :lol, as that seems to be the part making all the decisions.
I'm quite surprised this even got published in 1920 given how highly charged the sex scenes are, i'm not saying they're graphic but the impression they leave is quite something :) .
I'm very close to giving this 5 stars but i do think its losing a little something in translation, still really good though and a very unique angle for this type of fiction. ( )
1 vote wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
This Russian novel is arguably the progenitor of the dystopian genre. I can see how it inspired one of my favorite books, George Orwell's 1984. It's a much different reading experience, though.

Written as the protagonist's personal journal, the book is about a man named D-503 who fervently believes in the rightness of OneState's totalitarian doctrine. In fact, he's the chief architect of the Integral, a spaceship that will bring to other planets OneState's promise of blissful society free of individuality. The writing has a strangely upbeat, fanciful style that reminds me of the writing in the game Space Rangers 2. I don't know whether this is because that's how the author wrote, the awkward translation to English by Clarence Brown, or both.

It's neat to see how the author envisioned the future from his 1920 perspective. Flying cars, excessive artificial light, and a great glass wall isolating mankind from nature. It surprises me how completely he imagines totalitarian society, given that he wrote this before the official start of the Soviet Union. In OneState, everyone has a number instead of a name, wears a uniform, and every hour of their lives is planned, right down to sex (which is the only time you're allowed to lower your blinds). There are some beautiful passages that depict D-503's tortuous internal conflict between his faith in OneState and his desire for the painful uncertainty of forbidden love.

Unfortunately, in the second half, the book went from awkward-but-enjoyable to just plain awkward. The protagonist fears that he's losing his sanity, and the prose-poetry used to depict this is a chore to read. I didn't enjoy wading through his angsty delusions, and even when he was back in reality, I found it hard to follow. It's a cool story overall, but I won't read it again unless someone rewrites it in more modern form. ( )
1 vote KGLT | Oct 24, 2021 |
Overall an interesting book. Unfortunately it didn't hold my attention very well and I'm sure that's just due to the plot. It was very well written, but maybe the way this dystopian society was so confirmed and VERY based on mathematical algorithms just didn't work for me. I like my dystopia's a little gritty and this was sterile to me. ( )
  Verkruissen | Oct 13, 2021 |
A sociedade distópica retratada em Nós é presidida pelo Benfeitor e é cercada por um gigante muro verde para separar os cidadãos da natureza primitiva e indomada. Todos os cidadãos são conhecidos como "números". Toda hora na vida de alguém é dirigida por "A Mesa".

A ação de Nós se passa em algum momento após a Guerra dos Duzentos Anos, que destruiu quase todos, sobreviveram apenas 0,2% da população da Terra. A guerra acabou com uma substância rara mencionada apenas no livro através de uma metáfora bíblica; a substância era chamada de "pão", como os "cristãos se matavam por ela", como nos países que travavam guerras convencionais. A guerra só terminou após o uso de armas de destruição em massa, de modo que o Um Estado esteja cercado por uma paisagem pós-apocalíptica.

Muitos dos nomes e números em Nós são alusões a experiências pessoais de Zamyatin ou a cultura e literatura. Por exemplo, "Auditório 112" refere-se ao cela 112, onde o autor foi preso duas vezes.

Existem muitas comparações com a Bíblia em Nós. Existem semelhanças entre os capítulos 1 e 4 de Gênesis e Nós, onde o Estado Único é considerado o Paraíso, o D-503 é Adão e a I-330 é Eva. A cobra aqui é S-4711, que é descrita como tendo uma forma dobrada e torcida, com um corpo com dupla curvatura (ele é um agente duplo). As referências a Mefistófeles (no Mephi) são vistas como alusões a Satanás e sua rebelião contra o Céu na Bíblia (Ezequiel 28: 11-19; Isaías 14: 12-15).

Zamyatin, influenciado pelas obras de Fyodor Dostoyevsky, em particular, Notas do Subsolo e Os Irmãos Karamazov, faz aqui uma crítica aos excessos de uma sociedade militantemente ateísta.

O romance usa conceitos matemáticos simbolicamente. A nave espacial que D-503 está supervisionando a construção é chamada de Integral, que ele espera "integrar a grandiosa equação cósmica". D-503 também menciona que ele está profundamente perturbado pelo conceito da raiz quadrada de -1 - que é a base para números imaginários (a imaginação sendo depreciada pelo Estado Único). O argumento de Zamyatin, provavelmente à luz do cada vez mais dogmático governo soviético da época, parece ser que é impossível remover todos os rebeldes contra um sistema. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Sep 17, 2021 |
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I am merely copying out here, word for word, what was printed today in the State Gazette: In 120 days from now the building of the INTEGRAL will be finished.
The effect of that woman on me was as unpleasant as a displaced irrational number that has accidentally crept into an equation.
There is no final revolution.  Revolutions are infinite.
I do not want anyone to want for me--I want to want for myself.
I shall attempt nothing more than to note down what I see, what I think - or, to be more exact, what we think (that's right: we, and let this WE be the title of these records). But this, surely, will be a derivative of our life, of the mathematically perfect life of OneState, and if that is so, then won't this be, of its own accord, whatever I may wish, an epic?
A human being is like a novel: until the last page you don't know how it will end. Or it wouldn't be worth reading...."
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Set in the twenty-sixth century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom. Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than sixty years' suppression.

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Em suas páginas, o autor imaginou um governo totalitário chamado Estado Único que, supostamente pelo bem da sociedade, privou a população de direitos fundamentais como o livre-arbítrio, a individualidade, a imaginação, a liberdade de expressão e o direito à própria vida. Um mundo completamente mecanizado e lógico, onde as pessoas não possuem nomes, mas sim números, e o Estado dita os horários de trabalho, de lazer, de refeições e até de sexo.
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