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Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884–1937)

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Zamyatin studied at the Polytechnic Institute in St. Petersburg and became a professional naval engineer. His first story appeared in 1908, and he became serious about writing in 1913, when his short novel A Provincial Tale (1913) was favorably received. He became part of the neorealist group, mostrar mais which included Remizov and Prishvin. During World War I, he supervised the construction of icebreakers in England for the Russian government. After his return home, he published two satiric works about English life, "The Islanders" (1918) and "The Fisher of Men" (1922). During the civil war and the early 1920s, Zamyatin published theoretical essays as well as fiction. He played a central role in many cultural activities---as an editor, organizer, and teacher of literary technique---and had an important influence on younger writers, such as Olesha and Ivanov. Zamyatin's prose after the Revolution involved extensive use of ellipses, color symbolism, and elaborate chains of imagery. It is exemplified in such well-known stories as "Mamai" (1921) and "The Cage" (1922). His best-known work is the novel We (1924), a satiric, futuristic tale of a dystopia that was a plausible extrapolation from early twentieth-century social and political trends. The book, which directly influenced George Orwell's (see Vol. 1) 1984, 1984, was published abroad in several translations during the 1920s. In 1927 a shortened Russian version appeared in Prague, and the violent press campaign that followed led to Zamyatin's resignation from a writers' organization and, eventually, to his direct appeal to Stalin for permission to leave the Soviet Union. This being granted in 1931, Zamyatin settled in Paris, where he continued to work until his death. Until glasnost he was unpublished and virtually unknown in Russia. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Yevgeny Zamyatin

We (1921) 8,496 exemplares
The Dragon: Fifteen Stories (1966) 162 exemplares
L'inondation (1929) 46 exemplares
Islanders & The Fisher of Men (1984) 33 exemplares
Teken van leven (1980) 22 exemplares
The Fisher of Men (1978) 16 exemplares
Cartas a Stalin (1990) 12 exemplares
La Caverne et autres nouvelles (1991) 12 exemplares
Seul (1990) 9 exemplares
Attila the Hun (1979) 6 exemplares
A godforsaken hole (1988) 6 exemplares
Berättelse om det viktigaste (1923) 5 exemplares
Tecnica della prosa 5 exemplares
Russie (1996) 5 exemplares
Les insulaires / province (1983) 4 exemplares
Le Fléau de Dieu (2006) 4 exemplares
ICS 4 exemplares
Racconti (2021) 3 exemplares
The Cave 3 exemplares
Navala Apelor 2 exemplares
Wir: Hörspiel (2 CDs) (2015) 2 exemplares
Sever (1993) 2 exemplares
Povesti i rasskazy 1 exemplar
Rasskaz o samom glavnom (2020) 1 exemplar
Spotkanie 1 exemplar
Elektrik (2015) 1 exemplar
Province (2013) 1 exemplar
Nós 1 exemplar
A casa del diavolo (2012) 1 exemplar
Le Métier littéraire (1984) 1 exemplar
Relatos satìricos 1 exemplar
Ние 1 exemplar
The Cave 1 exemplar
Сочинения (1988) 1 exemplar
Избранное 1 exemplar
Мы Роман 1 exemplar
Сказки 1 exemplar
God 1 exemplar
Racconti inglesi 1 exemplar
In provincia (1990) 1 exemplar
The Sign: And Other Stories (2015) 1 exemplar
La Caverne (2017) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contribuidor — 298 exemplares
Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida (2005) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
The Fatal Eggs and Other Soviet Satire (1965) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Great Soviet Short Stories (1962) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution (2016) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Lapham's Quarterly - The Future: Volume IV, Number 4, Fall 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
14 Great Short Stories By Soviet Authors (1959) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Skaz: Masters of Russian Storytelling (2014) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Russische Käuze (1968) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
7 Novel Dystopian Collection — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Yevgeny Zamyatin - We [radio play] (2004) — Original author — 1 exemplar
ロシア短篇24 (現代の世界文学) (1987) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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I know this is an important book, and it was a major influence on later dystopias like 1984 and Brave New World. But it wasn’t a very enjoyable or even very edifying book to read (or, more properly, listen to). It’s told as a series of first-person journal entries of D-503, who lives in the OneState, in many ways similar to the aforementioned better-known dystopias. D-503’s prose is laden with difficult-to-follow metaphors, to the extent that I sometimes didn’t know if he was dreaming, hallucinating, or just using incomprehensible metaphors to convey what he himself had trouble comprehending. The ending was impactful, but it was a long haul to get there. As a warning to future readers, this edition had a spoiler-y preface by Margaret Atwood—I wish I’d saved it for after I finished reading. Narrator Toby Jones did a good job, but it didn’t salvage the difficult text.… (mais)
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Charon07 | 214 outras críticas | May 21, 2024 |
This is just one very short story but honestly I couldn't totally figure out if it's part of a collection or anything... Anyways this was just not for me. It was very weird and not in the way I enjoy. I can't really put my finger on why but I just didn't like it. Kind of felt like a weird dream. Meh.
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ZetaRiemann | Apr 4, 2024 |
Poetry about math in a dystopian future.
 
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trrpatton | 214 outras críticas | Mar 20, 2024 |
This is my second read of this early modern dystopian classic, written in the early years of the new Soviet Union, but almost immediately banned, then smuggled out and published in the West in 1924 - so we are now marking the centenary of its free publication. The writing style is quite brutalist - ironically, like Stalinist architecture - with the characters having serial numbers not names, and being described as looking like the letters of the alphabet in their serial numbers. The writing is also minimalist, with characters described in terms of angles and lines and simple colours - a lot of white and yellow, with true beauty being found only in the action of machines and the pure logic and simplicity of mathematical operations ("only the four rules of arithmetic are steadfast and eternal. And it is only the code of morals that resides within these four rules that is great, steadfast, and eternal").

The philosophy of the One State and its Benefactor is that happiness can only be achieved by absolute unanimity as though each individual is a cell of one body. The main character D 503 is chief builder of a rocket called the Integral, through which the Benefactor aims to spread his version of happiness to other planets, as the newspaper says: "YOU ARE CONFRONTING UNKNOWN CREATURES ON ALIEN PLANETS, WHO MAY STILL BE LIVING IN THE SAVAGE STATE OF FREEDOM, AND SUBJUGATING THEM TO THE BENEFICIAL YOKE OF REASON. IF THEY WON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WE BRING THEM MATHEMATICALLY INFALLIBLE HAPPINESS, IT WILL BE OUR DUTY TO FORCE THEM TO BE HAPPY. BUT BEFORE RESORTING TO ARMS, WE WILL EMPLOY THE WORD".

Eventually, the One State decides the only way to true uniform "happiness" is through a medical operation to excise the imagination from human brains, which seems to actually lead to the creation of machine conglomerations of people - though these chapters are very unclear and I found myself rather confused at what was going on for a sizable chunk of the book, which is why, despite its powerful overall message about the dangers of mindless collectivism, I don't think it is anywhere near as effective as a dystopian novel as is Orwell's 1984.
… (mais)
 
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john257hopper | 214 outras críticas | Feb 29, 2024 |

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