Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote the original Russian published novel named We in 1921. The dystopian fiction narrative first became translated in English by Gregory Zilboorg and published in the year 1924. The author bases the novel on the totalitarian state. This novel describes this city as a place of harmony and conformity.
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Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
Good reads rating: 3.94 of 5
My Ratings: 7.9 of 10
Published: 1993 (Reprint)
Publisher: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Language: English Translation
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The story begins some hundred years after the development of One State. Humans built a spaceship so they can invade extra-terrestrial planets. The chief engineer of this spaceship project, D-503, starts a journal because he wishes to travel to space. The people in One State live under glass apartments. D-503 became followed by the secret police, also known as the Bureau of Guardians.
One State assigned O-90 to visit D-503 on some nights. O-90 falls in love with D-503. She became sad after she thought her short length prevents her from bearing children. R-13 is the best friend of D-503 and another lover of O-90. He is a state poet and recites verses at the time of public executions.
O-90 joins an assigned conversation with D-503 when they meet a woman I-330. She looks different because she smokes and drinks and even flirts with D-503. All of this is illegal in One State. D-503 became attracted to I-330. He received her invitation to visit the Ancient House because it is the only opaque building in One State.
They keep things at the building of historical importance. I-330 offers him the services of a corrupt doctor so he can explain his absence from work. D-503 becomes horrified and returns. Later he experiences dreams, but they consider dreams as a symptom of mental illness.
In meetings, I-330 tells D-503 she forms part of Mephi, which presents an organisation intended to bring down One State. D-503 visits the outside world, through a secret tunnel inside Ancient House, with I-330. He meets the inhabitants of the outside world, who look like humans except that they cover their bodies with fur. Mephi aims to destroy the Green Wall and play its role in reuniting the citizens of One State and the inhabitants of the outside world.
O-90 feels desperate to bear a child and clashes with D-503. She asks him to make her pregnant illegally. D-503 obliges and they have sex, on one condition that O-90 will give her child to One State. When she becomes pregnant, she realises, she cannot live without her child. D-503 asks I-330 to help him smuggle O-90 to the outside world.
The last entry of D-503 in the journal shows that he became subjected to torture. After this torture, known as Great Operation, D-503 willingly tells the Benefactor about Mephi and its working. They sentence I-330 and people to death. Mephi’s plan starts growing and Green Wall becomes destroyed at some points. Birds start repopulating One State. The novel presents an ambiguous end because the survival of One State seems in doubt.
This novel, written in Russian and translated in English, offers an exceptional dystopian novel. It receives my ratings of 7.9 out of 10 because it describes the worlds partial behaviour and indifferences to people. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.
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