ISBN-10: 0380633132

ISBN-13: 9780380633135

Edition: N/A

Authors: Yevgeny Zamyatin, Mirra Ginsburg, Y. Zamyatin

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Before Brave New World... Before 1984...There was... WE 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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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/1/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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, 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.

Mirra Ginsburg was born in Bobruisk, Byelorussia in 1909. As a child, she learned to love books. Folk tales were her favorite type of story, especially those from her native country. She wanted to share the richness, wit, and beauty of the tales with American children and did with her translation work. She died on December 26, 2000.

Introduction: Zamyatin and the Rooster
Notes to Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Wisest of Lines
An Epic Poem
Harmony Squared
The Table
Savage with Barometer
Rulers of the World
Pleasant and Useful Function
Damned "Clear"
24 Hours
An Eyelash
Henbane and Lily of the Valley
The Irrational Root
Iambs and Trochees
Cast-Iron Hand
Hairy Me
No, I Can't...
Skip the Contents
Limitation of Infinity
Reflections on Poetry
Familiar "You"
An Absolutely Inane Occurrence
Cold Floor
Mirror-like Sea
My Fate to Burn Forever
Two-Dimensional Shadow
Incurable Soul
Through Glass
I Died
Logical Labyrinth
Wounds and Plaster
Never Again
Third-Order Infinitesimal
A Sullen Glare
Over the Parapet
Idea Material
Zero Cliff
An Author's Duty
Swollen Ice
The Most Difficult Love
Frozen Waves
Everything Tends to Perfection
I Am a Microbe
Dissolution of a Crystal
If Only
Limit of Function
Cross It All Out
Descent from Heaven
History's Greatest Catastrophe
End of the Known
The World Exists
A Rash
41[degree] Centigrade
No Contents - Can't
Both Women
Entropy and Energy
Opaque Part of the Body
Threads on the Face
Unnatural Compression
The Final Number
Galileo's Mistake
Wouldn't It Be Better?
The Great Operation
I Have Forgiven Everything
A Train Wreck
I Do Not Believe
The Human Chip
(No Time for Contents, Last Note)
Those on Leave
A Sunny Night
In a Hoop
Blank Pages
The Christian God
About My Mother
Her Room
(I Don't Know What Goes Here, Maybe Just: A Cigarette Butt)
The End
The Bell
I Am Certain
Translator's Notes
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