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Set in the twenty-sixth century AD, 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 of suppression.

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  • “[Zamyatin’s] intuitive grasp of the irrational side of totalitarianism—human sacrifice, cruelty as an end in itself—makes [We] superior to Huxley’s [Brave New World].”

    George Orwell

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lu | 5/25/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read. One of the greatest writers I know. And I'm proud he is Russian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mom | 5/25/2011

    " Astounding. Science fiction writers are true fortune tellers. This book is the forrunner to Orwell's 1984. A lesson in what happens when individualism is erased from society. Scary concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 5/18/2011

    " This was a good read - clearly tied to the time and place in history in which it was written, but no less accomplished for it. The challenge for me was to look past the political reading, which is in many ways the most superficial or obvious, to explore other allegorical aspects in the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by William | 5/17/2011

    " Couldn't even get in to this book. Garbled science fiction mixed with awkward poetry. I'm glad Orwell enjoyed it so I didn't have to. "

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About the Author
Author Yevgeny Zamyatin

Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884–1937) was a naval architect by profession whose lifetime spanned both tsarist and communist Russia, both of which forced him into exile. He wrote short stories, plays, and essays, but he is best known for his dystopian masterpiece We, which was written in 1920–21 and soon translated into most of the world’s languages but did not appear in Russia until 1988. Other notable works include The Islanders, A Fisher of Men, and A Provincial Tale.