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We Paperback – August 1, 1993
A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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Original Language: Russian
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This novel takes place in the future, where the One State is ruled by the great Benefactor, and separated from the rest of the world by a Great Wall, that doesn't allow the outside world to "contaminate" it. The citizens of the One State aren't persons but merely numbers. They have almost no privacy, due to the fact that most things are made of a material similar to glass but much more resistant. In any case that isn't a problem, because as everybody does the same things at the same time, nobody has much to hide.
The One State begins to build a spaceship, the "Integral", that will be used to conquer other worlds and show them to be happy, in the way the citizens of the One State are happy. But how exactly are they happy?. Well, they have a rational happiness that can be mathematically proved. To mantain that happiness, they must always follow some rules. For example, there is no place for spontaneity in the One State. Imagination is considered a disease, and all art and poetry must be at the service of the State. The function of poetry is clear: "Today, poetry is no longer the idle, impudent whistling of a nightingale; poetry is civic service, poetry is useful".Read more ›
Zamyatin's novel, described in the Penguin edition as a "great prose poem," takes place in the twenty-sixth century in a geographical place unknown to the reader. The narrator of the story, the previously mentioned D-503, is writing down his experiences as part of a grand scheme to launch a rocket ship into outer space. D-503 is the chief mathematician of this project, named INTEGRAL, and the goal of the mission is to find life on other planets in order to bring them "elevation" through totalitarian government. The narrator's journal will accompany the rocket ship along with poems, letters, and other propaganda singing the praises of "OneState," which is the moniker of the ruling apparatus in D-503's world. OneState, with the mysterious "Benefactor" at the helm, rules with an iron fist through an intricate web of time management principles based on Frederick Winslow Taylor's contributions to the industrial revolution.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this was banned in Russia in the 20's. A story of life after the 100 year war and The United State. It was different and interesting. It had a unexpected ending.Published 6 days ago by B. J. Hill
I read this book while in a study abroad program in St. Petersburg, Russia. This book is fantastic. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ramirez
"We" is a book I have been looking forward to reading for a while. I loved '84 and Brave New World and now I get to read the proverbial Genesis to the modern dystopian... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Generic
Deep and entertaining in a similar vein as 1984. Highly recommend!Published 2 months ago by M. Moran
Excellent. For me it's right up there with 1984 and while a little prophetic and cerebral, WE makes you realize that as bad as we may think society has become, it can still get... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony D.
I went into this book thinking of how inspired Orwell for 1984, and although I could see the resemblance it lacks the easyness of Orwell. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen Polo