Yevgeny Zamyatin, Bela Shayevich, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, George Orwell
The One State is the perfect society, ruled over by the enlightened Benefactor. It is a city made almost entirely of glass, where surveillance is universal and life runs according to algorithmic rules to ensure perfect happiness. And D-503, the Builder, is the ideal citizen, at least until he meets I-330, who opens his eyes to new ideas of love, sex and freedom.
A foundational work of dystopian fiction, inspiration for both Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Huxley’s Brave New World, WE is a book of radical imaginings – of control and rebellion, surveillance and power, machine intelligence and human inventiveness, sexuality and desire. It is both a warning and a hope for a better world.
This new edition also includes Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay ‘The Stalin in the Soul’ on the enduring influence of Zamyatin’s masterpiece, and George Orwell’s 1946 review of WE.
It is in effect a study of the Machine, the genie that man has thoughtlessly let out of its bottle and cannot put back again -- GEORGE ORWELL The prototype . . . Zamyatin is a major artist * * New York Times * * Two of the most iconic novels in the English language - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell - owe an enormous debt to Zamyatin. We is the ur-text of science-fiction dystopias . . . the product of a powerful imagination * * Wall Street Journal * * The best single work of science fiction yet written -- URSULA K. LE GUIN
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