by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A founding work of dystopic fiction that foreshadows the worst excesses of the Soviet republic of Russia, Evgueni Zamiatine We are a powerful inventive vision that influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand.This edition Penguin Classics is translated from Russian with an introduction by Clarence Brown.In a closed glass, the city of absolute straight lines, governed by the all-powerful’ Benefactor’, the citizens of OneState totalitarian society live life without passion and creativity up to D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery: he has an individual soul.Set in the twenty-sixth century of our era, Nous is the classic dystopic novel and was the precursor of works such as 1984 by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.It has been suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a loud cry for individual freedom, but is also a powerful, exciting and lively work of science fiction.Clarence Brown’s brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, the first published in Russia in 1988, after more than sixty years of repressionEvgueni Zamiatine (1884-1937) was a naval engineer by profession and writer by vocation, who made himself an enemy of the Russian government by being a Bolshevik, and an enemy of the Soviet government by insisting that human beings have absolute freedom of creation.He wrote short stories, plays and essays, but his masterpiece is Nous, written in 1920-21, and soon thereafter translated into most of the world’s languages.It first appeared in Russia only in 1988If you liked Nous, you could, like George Orwell’s 1984, also available in Penguin Classics.” the best work of science fiction yet written’ Ursula KLeGuin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness It is indeed a study of the Machine, the genius that man negligently let out of his bottle, and can not put back again’ George Orwell, the author of 1984
Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown – We – Free
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