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by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 4 weeks ago
“Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “We”: both have constant surveillance of the individual, though through different means. Both have the protagonist discovering a class in society that is free, but powerless. Both have state control over passion, albeit in rather different ways. But “1984” (the new title) ...
"So it goes."
"So it goes." rated it 3 months ago
D-503, a true believer in the authoritarian future he finds himself in, has his faith in the structures of society shaken by love. <-- a quick and dirty recap of We, D-503's diary. The world-building in these older dystopias is very different from today's, but you can draw a straight line from We (t...
Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it 8 months ago
Several things drew me to We. Comparison to 1984 is unavoidable, yet it predates it by several decades. A science fiction dystopia written in 1921 Russia that is still being read and discussed today seems like the type of foundation literature I should be familiar with. The book is definitely an i...
pareidolia
pareidolia rated it 3 years ago
While reading this, the predominant picture in my mind was a game of X's and O's.O being the known variable here, X the great unknown, the missing figure – the mysterious woman.Mathematical metaphors run heavy through We, this predecessor to classic dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World. Za...
It's a Books World
It's a Books World rated it 3 years ago
Goodreads summary: The citizens of the One State live in a condition of 'mathematically infallible happiness'. D-503 decides to keep a diary of his days working for the collective good in this clean, blue city state where nature, privacy and individual liberty have been eradicated. But over the cour...
warren
warren rated it 4 years ago
It's possible that since I neither read nor speak Russian something was lost in the translation.
Calyre
Calyre rated it 5 years ago
Les deux habitants du paradis se virent proposer le choix: le bonheur sans liberté ou la liberté sans bonheur, pas d'autre solution.
philoSophie
philoSophie rated it 5 years ago
i actually feel bad about not having read this dystopian novel that has influenced aldous huxley and george orwell's 1984, however i finally picked it up and i adored each and every page of it.in We, the protagonist D-503, through writing his memoirs, develops a soul. and even more so, that he is no...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 5 years ago
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 r...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it 5 years ago
We takes the form of the diary of D-503, a mathematical engineer responsible for building the 'Integral', a space craft designed to carry the political dominance of the One State beyond the limits of Earth. His deep loyalty to the State is briefly threatened by an illicit love affair with the enigma...
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