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Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884–1937)

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Zamyatin studied at the Polytechnic Institute in St. Petersburg and became a professional naval engineer. His first story appeared in 1908, and he became serious about writing in 1913, when his short novel A Provincial Tale (1913) was favorably received. He became part of the neorealist group, mostra altro which included Remizov and Prishvin. During World War I, he supervised the construction of icebreakers in England for the Russian government. After his return home, he published two satiric works about English life, "The Islanders" (1918) and "The Fisher of Men" (1922). During the civil war and the early 1920s, Zamyatin published theoretical essays as well as fiction. He played a central role in many cultural activities---as an editor, organizer, and teacher of literary technique---and had an important influence on younger writers, such as Olesha and Ivanov. Zamyatin's prose after the Revolution involved extensive use of ellipses, color symbolism, and elaborate chains of imagery. It is exemplified in such well-known stories as "Mamai" (1921) and "The Cage" (1922). His best-known work is the novel We (1924), a satiric, futuristic tale of a dystopia that was a plausible extrapolation from early twentieth-century social and political trends. The book, which directly influenced George Orwell's (see Vol. 1) 1984, 1984, was published abroad in several translations during the 1920s. In 1927 a shortened Russian version appeared in Prague, and the violent press campaign that followed led to Zamyatin's resignation from a writers' organization and, eventually, to his direct appeal to Stalin for permission to leave the Soviet Union. This being granted in 1931, Zamyatin settled in Paris, where he continued to work until his death. Until glasnost he was unpublished and virtually unknown in Russia. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

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Opere di Yevgeny Zamyatin

Noi (1921) — Autore — 8,529 copie
The Dragon: Fifteen Stories (1966) 163 copie
Il destino di un eretico (1657) 88 copie
L' inondazione (1929) 46 copie
Teken van leven (1980) 22 copie
The Fisher of Men (1978) 16 copie
Seul (1990) 9 copie
Attila the Hun (1979) 6 copie
A godforsaken hole (1988) 6 copie
Russie (1996) 5 copie
Le Fléau de Dieu (2006) 4 copie
ICS 4 copie
Racconti (2021) 3 copie
The Cave 3 copie
Navala Apelor 2 copie
Wir: Hörspiel (2 CDs) (2015) 2 copie
Sever (1993) 2 copie
Rasskaz o samom glavnom (2020) 1 copia
Spotkanie 1 copia
Elektrik (2015) 1 copia
Province (2013) 1 copia
Nós 1 copia
A casa del diavolo (2012) 1 copia
Le Métier littéraire (1984) 1 copia
Ние 1 copia
The Cave 1 copia
Сочинения (1988) 1 copia
Сказки 1 copia
God 1 copia
In provincia (1990) 1 copia
La Caverne (2017) 1 copia

Opere correlate

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Collaboratore — 301 copie
Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida (2005) — Collaboratore — 223 copie
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Collaboratore — 153 copie
The Fatal Eggs and Other Soviet Satire (1965) — Collaboratore — 126 copie
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Collaboratore — 113 copie
Great Soviet Short Stories (1962) — Collaboratore — 77 copie
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution (2016) — Collaboratore — 36 copie
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Collaboratore — 32 copie
14 Great Short Stories By Soviet Authors (1959) — Collaboratore — 15 copie
Skaz: Masters of Russian Storytelling (2014) — Collaboratore — 5 copie
Russische Käuze (1968) — Collaboratore — 2 copie
7 Novel Dystopian Collection — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Yevgeny Zamyatin - We [radio play] (2004) — Original author — 1 copia
ロシア短篇24 (現代の世界文学) (1987) — Collaboratore — 1 copia


Informazioni generali



We by Zamiatin in Fans of Russian authors (Agosto 2011)


I know this is an important book, and it was a major influence on later dystopias like 1984 and Brave New World. But it wasn’t a very enjoyable or even very edifying book to read (or, more properly, listen to). It’s told as a series of first-person journal entries of D-503, who lives in the OneState, in many ways similar to the aforementioned better-known dystopias. D-503’s prose is laden with difficult-to-follow metaphors, to the extent that I sometimes didn’t know if he was dreaming, hallucinating, or just using incomprehensible metaphors to convey what he himself had trouble comprehending. The ending was impactful, but it was a long haul to get there. As a warning to future readers, this edition had a spoiler-y preface by Margaret Atwood—I wish I’d saved it for after I finished reading. Narrator Toby Jones did a good job, but it didn’t salvage the difficult text.… (altro)
Charon07 | 214 altre recensioni | May 21, 2024 |
This is just one very short story but honestly I couldn't totally figure out if it's part of a collection or anything... Anyways this was just not for me. It was very weird and not in the way I enjoy. I can't really put my finger on why but I just didn't like it. Kind of felt like a weird dream. Meh.
ZetaRiemann | Apr 4, 2024 |
Poetry about math in a dystopian future.
trrpatton | 214 altre recensioni | Mar 20, 2024 |
This is my second read of this early modern dystopian classic, written in the early years of the new Soviet Union, but almost immediately banned, then smuggled out and published in the West in 1924 - so we are now marking the centenary of its free publication. The writing style is quite brutalist - ironically, like Stalinist architecture - with the characters having serial numbers not names, and being described as looking like the letters of the alphabet in their serial numbers. The writing is also minimalist, with characters described in terms of angles and lines and simple colours - a lot of white and yellow, with true beauty being found only in the action of machines and the pure logic and simplicity of mathematical operations ("only the four rules of arithmetic are steadfast and eternal. And it is only the code of morals that resides within these four rules that is great, steadfast, and eternal").

The philosophy of the One State and its Benefactor is that happiness can only be achieved by absolute unanimity as though each individual is a cell of one body. The main character D 503 is chief builder of a rocket called the Integral, through which the Benefactor aims to spread his version of happiness to other planets, as the newspaper says: "YOU ARE CONFRONTING UNKNOWN CREATURES ON ALIEN PLANETS, WHO MAY STILL BE LIVING IN THE SAVAGE STATE OF FREEDOM, AND SUBJUGATING THEM TO THE BENEFICIAL YOKE OF REASON. IF THEY WON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WE BRING THEM MATHEMATICALLY INFALLIBLE HAPPINESS, IT WILL BE OUR DUTY TO FORCE THEM TO BE HAPPY. BUT BEFORE RESORTING TO ARMS, WE WILL EMPLOY THE WORD".

Eventually, the One State decides the only way to true uniform "happiness" is through a medical operation to excise the imagination from human brains, which seems to actually lead to the creation of machine conglomerations of people - though these chapters are very unclear and I found myself rather confused at what was going on for a sizable chunk of the book, which is why, despite its powerful overall message about the dangers of mindless collectivism, I don't think it is anywhere near as effective as a dystopian novel as is Orwell's 1984.
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john257hopper | 214 altre recensioni | Feb 29, 2024 |


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