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We Paperback – August 1, 1993
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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 ›
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The books was a fast read. I didn't connect with any of the characters.Published 24 days ago by P. Poletes
I found it confusing and poorly written (possibly due to translation), so I read very little.Published 1 month ago by critical mess
First time I'd heard of the writing's influence on "1984". Written by an engineer also, giving Physicist Issac Asimov's technical insight to the story.Published 1 month ago by Joseph D. McGillicuddy
I had no idea about what I was reading. Finished book and did not know if primary character was a human being.Published 2 months ago by Marla Grandis
Although "We" is not of the caliber of the writings of Orwell, Huxley or even some of Atwood's novels, it is the flagship that these authors followed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronald W. Maron