We (Anglais) Poche – 1 août 1983
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Before Brave New World...
Before 1984...There was...
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.
Biographie de l'auteur
Yevgeny Zamyatin was born in Russia in 1884. Arrested during the abortive 1905 revolution, he was exiled twice from St. Petersburg, then given amnesty in 1913. We, composed in 1920 and 1921, elicited attacks from party-line critics and writers. In 1929, the Russian Association of Proletarian Writers launched an all-out attack against him. Denied the right to publish his work, he requested permission to leave Russia, which Stalin granted in 1931. Zamyatin went to Paris, where he died in 1937.
Mirra Ginsburg is a distinguished translator of Russian and Yiddish works by such well-known authors as Mikhail Bulgakov, Isaac Babel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Editor and translator of three anthologies of Soviet science fiction, she has also edited and translated A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin, and History of Soviet Literature by Vera Alexandrova.
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This book is written in first person, as a journal entry of D-503's life. He lives in a city that is surrounded by a green wall and in a society where people have no names, just numbers, and follow a strict schedule for work, sleep, leisure activities, and even sex. The journal explains who he is, his daily schedule, and eventually gives a detailed account of his inner thoughts as he wrestles with the idea that all is not as it appears with the world. All this begins when he meets I-303 for the first time. (That is all I will say - no spoilers here)
Throughout this book, it is easy to draw similarities between both of the books, but it is my opinion that both "A Brave New World" and "1984" are superior to this work. I do not know if my opinion would change if I was reading this in the original Russian translation, but there are instances in the book that are difficult to follow or that are not described in enough detail for me to fully understand what the author was trying to depict, something that I do not have difficulty with in either of the other works.
** Fry Boy (another reviewer) does a great job of explaining a few of these instances
I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed "A Brave New World" and "1984," since they are all up the same alley.
Sometimes shows it’s age. But was a fun read.
Wish it had a better cover (no I didn’t knock it one star for the cover —