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This review is from: We (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)Forget the comparisons with Orwell's 1984, Zamyatin's work stands as a remarkable message about Russia's desperate resignation to Stalin and Communism. Unsurprisingly curtailed in his native country, Zamyatin saw his nation's descent into a subservient mass of workers as terrifying. A tale of a historically tragic people transplanted into a numeric dystopia, and a reminder that the individual has to fight for the right to express himself and be aware of the consequences. The only element I dislike of this translation is Clarence Brown's snobbish and ignorant view of science fiction in his introduction. Worth reading alongside "1984" and "Brave New World" to complete a circle of complimentary fiction.
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2012 12:59:25 BDT
Christopher H says:
Stalin was not on the scene when the book was written. The warning is about Lenin, who was still alive, and rushing the nation headlong into misery.
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