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More than a simple satire of the Soviet Union  March 27, 2011
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This textbook is a classic and must read for any fan of "1984" and "Brave New World". The quintessential "negative utopia" book, and the prototype as well. When you read this book, so many visions should come to mind, 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm, Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Chaplin's Modern Times...and Solzhenitzyn's Gulag. This is a terrifying world where everyone has literally been reduced to a number, and happiness is guaranteed by a operation to remove your imagination. One thing more is ecampus suitable price I really like it.






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Summary

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
Announcement
The Wisest of Lines
An Epic Poem
Ballet
Harmony Squared
X
Jacket
Wall
The Table
Savage with Barometer
Epilepsy
If
Square
Rulers of the World
Pleasant and Useful Function
Accident
Damned "Clear"
24 Hours
An Eyelash
Taylor
Henbane and Lily of the Valley
The Irrational Root
R-13
Triangle
Liturgy
Iambs and Trochees
Cast-Iron Hand
Letter
Membrane
Hairy Me
No, I Can't...
Skip the Contents
Limitation of Infinity
Angel
Reflections on Poetry
Fog
Familiar "You"
An Absolutely Inane Occurrence
"Mine"
Forbidden
Cold Floor
Bell
Mirror-like Sea
My Fate to Burn Forever
Yellow
Two-Dimensional Shadow
Incurable Soul
Through Glass
I Died
Hallways
Logical Labyrinth
Wounds and Plaster
Never Again
Third-Order Infinitesimal
A Sullen Glare
Over the Parapet
Discharge
Idea Material
Zero Cliff
An Author's Duty
Swollen Ice
The Most Difficult Love
Frozen Waves
Everything Tends to Perfection
I Am a Microbe
Flowers
Dissolution of a Crystal
If Only
Limit of Function
Easter
Cross It All Out
Descent from Heaven
History's Greatest Catastrophe
End of the Known
The World Exists
A Rash
41[degree] Centigrade
No Contents - Can't
Both Women
Entropy and Energy
Opaque Part of the Body
Threads on the Face
Shoots
Unnatural Compression
The Final Number
Galileo's Mistake
Wouldn't It Be Better?
The Great Operation
I Have Forgiven Everything
A Train Wreck
I Do Not Believe
Tractors
The Human Chip
(No Time for Contents, Last Note)
Those on Leave
A Sunny Night
Radio-Valkyrie
In a Hoop
Carrot
Murder
Blank Pages
The Christian God
About My Mother
Infusorian
Doomsday
Her Room
(I Don't Know What Goes Here, Maybe Just: A Cigarette Butt)
The End
Facts
The Bell
I Am Certain
Translator's Notes
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