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Yevgeny Zamyatin


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Before Brave New World . . .
Before 1984 … There was . . .
In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly balanced equation. Primitive passions and instincts have been subdued. Even nature has been defeated, banished behind the Green Wall. But one frontier remains: outer space. Now, with the creation of the spaceship Integral, that frontier—and whatever alien species are to be found there—will be subjugated to the beneficent yoke of reason.
One number, D-503, chief architect of the Integral, decides to record his thoughts in the final days before the launch for the benefit of less advanced societies. But a chance meeting with the beautiful 1–330 results in an unexpected discovery that threatens everything D-503 believes about himself and the One State. The discovery—or rediscovery—of inner space…and that disease the ancients called the soul.
A page-turning SF adventure, a masterpiece of wit and black humor that accurately predicted the horrors of Stalinism, We is the classic dystopian novel. Its message of hope and warning is as timely at the end of the twentieth century as it was at the beginning.
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  • Виктория Куликоваshared an impression8 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    This book really differs from all others which are compulsory to read during your school studies. The language in this very book as well was new and very dinamic in comparison to other russian classical books. I was really into that language with so many punctual signs you are not used to see that always while reading a book of our classics; in this way thoughts of main hero and everything what was happening were so fast and you were unable to relax, you are in these fast actions.
    I found some images hidden in these pages coming into beautiful picture, these smiles and teeth which were so quick but constant remain in my imagination as on-his-own-living image.
    That is why it is worth to read this very first in our country dystopia.

  • Ольга Просвиряковаshared an impression8 years ago

    Эту книгу уж точно не стоит читать на английском. Читала в оригинале и поражалась тому, как автор выражает чувственную и эмоциональную натуру человека через русскую речь.

  • Lauren Nshared an impression4 years ago
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  • samairaveerabhadrahas quoted3 years ago
    cloud, white as a cataract, preposterous and puffed out like the cheeks of an ancient cupid, and somehow disturbing
  • samairaveerabhadrahas quoted3 years ago
    Some wrote for their contemporaries; others for their descendants. But no one has ever written for ancestors, or for beings similar to his primitive, remote ancestors
  • samairaveerabhadrahas quoted3 years ago
    Let my notes, like the most sensitive seismograph, record the curve of even the most insignificant vibrations of my brain: for it is precisely such vibrations that are sometimes the forewarning of..

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