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Before Brave New World... Before 1984...There was... WE
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.
''We'' is a dystopian novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin completed in 1921. It was written in response to the author's personal experiences during the Russian revolution of 1905, the Russian revolution of 1917, his life in the Newcastle suburb of Jesmond, and work in the Tyne shipyards during the First World War. It was on Tyneside that he observed the rationalization of labour on a large scale. Zamyatin was a trained marine engineer, hence his dispatch to Newcastle to oversee ice-breaker construction for the Imperial Russian navy.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Zamyatin and the Rooster
|Notes to Introduction
|Suggestions for Further Reading
|The Wisest of Lines
|An Epic Poem
|Savage with Barometer
|Rulers of the World
|Pleasant and Useful Function
|Henbane and Lily of the Valley
|The Irrational Root
|Iambs and Trochees
|No, I Can't...
|Skip the Contents
|Limitation of Infinity
|Reflections on Poetry
|An Absolutely Inane Occurrence
|My Fate to Burn Forever
|Wounds and Plaster
|A Sullen Glare
|Over the Parapet
|An Author's Duty
|The Most Difficult Love
|Everything Tends to Perfection
|I Am a Microbe
|Dissolution of a Crystal
|Limit of Function
|Cross It All Out
|Descent from Heaven
|History's Greatest Catastrophe
|End of the Known
|The World Exists
|No Contents - Can't
|Entropy and Energy
|Opaque Part of the Body
|Threads on the Face
|The Final Number
|Wouldn't It Be Better?
|The Great Operation
|I Have Forgiven Everything
|A Train Wreck
|I Do Not Believe
|The Human Chip
|(No Time for Contents, Last Note)
|Those on Leave
|A Sunny Night
|In a Hoop
|The Christian God
|About My Mother
|(I Don't Know What Goes Here, Maybe Just: A Cigarette Butt)
|I Am Certain
|Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.
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