Book for November 2023
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We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (1921)

Yevgeny 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 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 Huxley'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

About the Author
Yevgeny Zamyatin
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 communist regime. Despite having been a prominent Old Bolshevik, Zamyatin was disturbed by the communist party policies following the October Revolution. He is most famous for his 1921 novel We, which became the first work banned by the Soviet censorship board. Ultimately, Zamyatin arranged for We to be smuggled to the West for publication. In 1931, Zamyatin requested permission to leave the Soviet Union. He settled with his wife in Paris, where he collaborated with French film director Jean Renoir. Zamyatin died in poverty in 1937.