Before the Hunger Games, before Brave New World, before 1984, there was We…

22 Mar

On the exciting movie release weekend for The Hunger Games, consider taking a trip back to the early 1920’s when Russian novelist, Yevgeny Zamyatin published We: A Novel for the Future (available for checkout from the MW Library), a dark, dystopian, science fiction novel that satirized totalitarianism.

Here’s one description of this translation (from Amazon):

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.

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