Book Review: Before Orwell’s 1984 There Was ‘We’

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What I was most interested to learn about We is that it’s considered the grandfather of dystopian fiction. It was written by Yevgeny Zamyatin around 1920-1921. This was way before the more well-known dystopian novels like Brave New World and 1984. You read books like 1984 and Animal Farm in high school, but I didn’t learn about We until I stumbled upon it on my own. It’s set in the future. In this society, there are no individuals, just numbers. The One State is a mass surveillance society in which everyone lives in glass apartments so they can be monitored. Our protagonist, number D-503, is an engineer writing a journal that he wants to be sent into space with the newly-built spaceship Integral. One day he meets a woman, I-330, and most of the story is his interactions with her. Apple Books: US$6.99

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  1. paikinho

    This is really a great dystopian book. I found it on the shelf of the snack room at a medical plastics factory I was working as a temp at some 35 years ago. I had read 1984 & Animal Farm, Bellamy’s “Looking Backward”, Huxley’s “Brave New World”.

    “We” was every bit as great and when one thinks of when it was written, I found it to be an even more impressive book in some ways.

    Anyhow…. worth a read and relatively succinct book too.

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