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review º PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Yevgeny Zamyatin 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 Hu. The prototype of dystopian fiction a vivisection of monolithic faith and cruelty in the name of “We”Dystopian science fiction never analyses the future even though it is the supposed topic of the novel It looks at the past and follows the road that humanity has already embarked on to its logical next step When Zamyatin wrote “We” the society he knew was rapidly changing breaking apart one authoritarian structure was being replaced with another through the means of a violent clash a revolution supported by a technological jump to modernity delivering tools to control ideology through mass propaganda and effective weapons What triggers revolutions What makes human beings accept authority What defines collective and individual identity How does power make use of human needs to control society All these uestions are raised in the voice of a member of a monolithic state OneState a futuristic powerhouse that has managed to create a system that guides its citizens towards collective sameness The community of “We” is protected from the outer world the freedom of choice by a great Green Wall Yes A wallEver since the beginning of time and in Zamyatin’s traditional mythological context that means since the beginning of Christian tales in the paradise of the all powerful authoritarian god a wall has protected the collective in possession of truth from the evil of freedom or diversity According to OneState’s dogma Adam and Eve were stupid to choose freedom over “happiness” and since they were expelled from the beautifully walled in paradise Christian fundamentalist believers in monolithic conformity have strived to re establish the chains that deliver complete safety which is falsely labelled “happiness”In the automatised regulated OneState this “utopian” idea of a new paradise is accomplished and everything is done according to the collective need in complete disregard of personal identity and emotions Sexuality is regulated to the point of absurdity and each individual follows a strict schedule for the benefit of the superior Benefactor who is the authoritarian leader or monotheistic god of OneState There are cracks in the wall though as people still think and feel Even though it is supposedly illegal a precursor to Orwell’s idea of thoughtcrime free will is not completely suppressed and there is resistance The enemies of happiness no less In the narrator’s character the two concepts clash Submission under authoritarian dictatorship stands against humanity’s longing for freedom of choice for genuine love for diverse experience In the chilling end the state has found a solution to make individuality obsolete an “Operation” to remove imagination from the human brain The outlook on the world therefore is bleaker than anything I have read so far not only brainwashed with propaganda and scared into submission by external enemies and fear of punishment but biologically reduced to prehuman thinking capacity the world has become inhuman And thus a paradise for an authoritarian godlike leader “We” believe in “Him” as soon as our imagination is no longer threatening to make us to see two sides of the story alternatives a plurality of choices eually possible and justifiedThis scares me than anything else for it touches on the fundamental need of human beings to conform in groups to cruelly suppress individual longing in order to function as an unthinking mob as witnessed over and over again in the 20th century in One Party or One Religion states around the world On Tyranny Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century describes the unfolding of Zamyatin’s dystopia with almost perfect accuracyIt also emphasises the fact that monotheistic belief is not compatible with a pluralistic tolerant society if if is in power As it relies on a concept of itself as a saving truth it will never be able to fully accept a pluralistic worldview The danger of losing its followers to any other lifestyle is too great The walls of the world are built to keep followers of certain dogmas political or religious in order out of touch with freedom and choice as well as separated from an overarching comparative education that opens up perspectives rather than spreading populist slogans of “truth”There is no happiness in paradise is the lesson I learned from this novel If you can’t choose you are not fully human Sheep are not happy regardless of how well the shepherd guides them They do not understand the concept of happiness as they cannot think in abstract terms Be a sheep in paradise or a human beyond the wall That’s the choice And being a human involves many different scenarios that cannot be regulated It will sometimes include pain and chaos and certainly unhappiness which is the only means to even grasp the idea of happiness To deal with freedom in a responsible way without hurting others that is the challenge of democracy It is vulnerable as godlike populists use ancient shepherd methods to gather their sheep and lock them into paradise but it is possible to resist the urge to conform in order to feel safe Carrying out routines prescribed by authority is a soothing medicine for sheeplike nonthinkers but it does not really make humanity safe It is an illusion like planning next week’s regulated work schedule while you are sitting on a plane that is about to crash as the narrator puts it Knowing what is going on gives you a choice But for the narrator it is too late a temporary new wall is already being erected around him and his imagination is removedThere is always hope however After all Zamyatin thought and created and imagined and wrote this masterpiece in the middle of Armageddon And it survived several waves of religious political fundamentalist ruleRecommended to all people who believe that you can learn from books than from sheep as opposed to the wisdom of The Alchemist

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Мы AUTHOR Yevgeny Zamyatin Summary ¾ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Û The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand In a glass enclos Xley'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 Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel first published in Russia in 1988 after than sixty years' suppressi. Sci fi's in my top 3 least favorite fiction genres However this one is thankfully not Brave New World has traces of madness and poetry both and possesses the Waltmanesue uality of being organic though the theme of Dystopian Machinery should be inevitably super structured The protagonist's POV is impressive As builder of a space ship that will provide aliens or us with an account of the glass metropolis see communism he transitions from zombie troglodyte to someone infected with a soul This was one of the landmark classics of science fiction and along with the aforementioned World sorry just not a fan 1984 haven't read it makes up a celebrated trilogyThe protagonist becomes human his confusion infuses the work with a sense of wonderment of a certain etherealness There are events that both the reader and the hero do not fully understand and this is my favorite thing about this work Some things are overexplained others oversimplified That nouns are described geometrically and in terms of mathematics is uite a uniue interpretation of the fall of a machine society Well beyond its time this is tellingly an important brick in the wall of the Global Lit Sci Fi fortress

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Мы AUTHOR Yevgeny ZamyatThe exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny 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. It's been a decade since I first read Zamyatin's masterpiece and even though this book remains unchanged for almost a century now the person who read it is not A decade later I'm a very different person no longer the wide eyed undergraduate who thought she had the world all figured out Time has added a bit life experience an overdose of cynicism a few collisions with the rougher edges of the universe and a few still subtle grey hairs Time has dispelled some of the youthful cocky confidence softened a few edges sharpened a few and helped open my eyes to the areas of life I used to give little thought to before It managed to keep my love of philosophical discussions intact but greatly decreased the amount of wine I can have fueling thoseIn short I'm no longer the same person as I was a decade ago reading Zamyatin's masterpiece for the first timeAnd this book for me now is very different than it was back then I can see of its unsettling depth and it leaves me almost speechless just joking of course nothing in this world can make me really shut upI remember being impressed by the dystopian society focusing on the idea of One State the totalitarian oppression and the parallels between it and the soon to follow societal changes in Zamyatin's motherland You know the obvious easy stuff the one that gets uite old after reading a few dystopian books like Orwell's one inspired by 'We' the stuff that causes exasperated sigh of 'Yes I get it totalitarian bad individualism suits humans oppression is evil so what' And that's right so what If that was all there was to Zamyatin's 'We' it would have disappeared from the public eye by now lingering perhaps only in a few dusty college classrooms What makes 'We' special is not dystopian society alone It's the amazing atmosphere Zamyatin creates through the pen of his protagonist a little formerly happy cog in the wheel with a few atavistic features and an unexpected development of an incurable condition a soul The writing so amazingly reflects the mental state of the confused man so fractured and frantic and stuttering and urgent and anxious and often disjointed laden with metaphors and unexpected emotions and full on scream of soul Because I live now not in our rational world but in the ancient one senseless the world of suare roots of minus one It's the strength of unexpected chaotic emotional outpouring and emotional breakdown from the protagonist running headfirst into the hitherto unknown to him wall of passion and jealousy and possessiveness with all the both lovely and frustrating humanity that follows “You're afraid of it because it's stronger than you you hate it because you're afraid of it you love it because you can't master it You can only love something that refuses to be mastered” It's the prominent in Russian literature motif of search for happiness and attempts to figure out the secret of this elusive happiness for all the soul search that leads to fewer answers than it inspires uestions “So here I am in step with everyone now and yet I'm still separate from everyone I am still trembling all over from the agitation I endured like a bridge after an ancient train has rumbled over it I am aware of myself And of course the only things that are aware of themselves and conscious of their individuality are irritated eyes cut fingers sore teeth A healthy eye finger tooth might as well not even be there Isn't it clear that individual consciousness is just sickness” I read this book again It left me unsettled and confused it left me uneasy and for all this I love it Because it does what literature is meant to do to disuiet the soul And for this I love it ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM 2012 BASED ON THE MEMORY OF FIRST READINGS OF THIS NOVEL IN 2004 2005Zamyatin's masterfully written dystopian masterpiece predated and likely inspired the popular Western books that explored the similar themes Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty Four Written in 1920 before the Soviet Union even existed it predicted the Stalin and Brezhnev eras with terrifying foresight Evgeniy Zamyatin did not share the fascination with the new State and the glory of the Great October Socialist Revolution “The only means of ridding man of crime is ridding him of freedom” With his novel Zamyatin disagrees No wonder it was banned in the Soviet Union until late 1980s since one of his characters brings up the ultimate blasphemy There is no final revolution Revolutions are infinite At that time during the birth of the new world order that emphasized the good of the State over the good of individual cogs in the machine the beauty of uniformity of unity over individual variations Zamyatin described the hollowness that replacing soul and love with cold reason and logic and individuals with numbers would bring In this world everything is rationalized de individualized regimented and oppressively safe Even the leader the Benefactor is little but a slave to the State “Now I no longer live in our clear rational world; I live in the ancient nightmare world the world of suare roots of minus one” Zamyatin's characters try to go against the great tide try to resist the State As a result at least for a short while his protagonist gets diagnosed with a serious medical condition developing a soul But fittingly for a dystopia there is no happy ending just a reader's faint hope that for some of them not all is lost I read this book in its original Russian so I really cannot comment on the uality of translation In Russian the writing is superb and the narrative voice is uniue and fascinating exaltingly sickeningly cheerful at the beginning and growing and confused as the story progresses I can only hope that the translations managed to capture at least some of that 5 stars