Free ePub ë mobi Мы by Yevgeny Zamyatin · 9780140185850 » Yevgeny Zamyatin

reader ô Мы by Yevgeny Zamyatin ↠ Yevgeny Zamyatin

Мы by Yevgeny ZamyatCitizens of the totalitarian society of OneState live out lives devoid of passion and creativity until D 503 a mathematician who dreams in numbers makes a discovery he has an individual soul Set in the twenty sixth century AD We is the classic dystopian novel and was the forerunner of works such as George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Hu The prototype of dystopian fiction a vivisection of monolithic faith and cruelty in the name of “We”Dystopian science fiction never analyses the future even though it is the supposed topic of the novel It looks at the past and follows the road that humanity has already embarked on to its logical next step When Zamyatin wrote “We” the society he knew was rapidly changing breaking apart one authoritarian structure was being replaced with another through the means of a violent clash a revolution supported by a technological jump to modernity delivering tools to control ideology through mass propaganda and effective weapons What triggers revolutions What makes human beings accept authority What defines collective and individual identity How does power make use of human needs to control society All these uestions are raised in the voice of a member of a monolithic state OneState a futuristic powerhouse that has managed to create a system that guides its citizens towards collective sameness The community of “We” is protected from the outer world the freedom of choice by a great Green Wall Yes A wallEver since the beginning of time and in Zamyatin’s traditional mythological context that means since the beginning of Christian tales in the paradise of the all powerful authoritarian god a wall has protected the collective in possession of truth from the evil of freedom or diversity According to OneState’s dogma Adam and Eve were stupid to choose freedom over “happiness” and since they were expelled from the beautifully walled in paradise Christian fundamentalist believers in monolithic conformity have strived to re establish the chains that deliver complete safety which is falsely labelled “happiness”In the automatised regulated OneState this “utopian” idea of a new paradise is accomplished and everything is done according to the collective need in complete disregard of personal identity and emotions Sexuality is regulated to the point of absurdity and each individual follows a strict schedule for the benefit of the superior Benefactor who is the authoritarian leader or monotheistic god of OneState There are cracks in the wall though as people still think and feel Even though it is supposedly illegal a precursor to Orwell’s idea of thoughtcrime free will is not completely suppressed and there is resistance The enemies of happiness no less In the narrator’s character the two concepts clash Submission under authoritarian dictatorship stands against humanity’s longing for freedom of choice for genuine love for diverse experience In the chilling end the state has found a solution to make individuality obsolete an “Operation” to remove imagination from the human brain The outlook on the world therefore is bleaker than anything I have read so far not only brainwashed with propaganda and scared into submission by external enemies and fear of punishment but biologically reduced to prehuman thinking capacity the world has become inhuman And thus a paradise for an authoritarian godlike leader “We” believe in “Him” as soon as our imagination is no longer threatening to make us to see two sides of the story alternatives a plurality of choices eually possible and justifiedThis scares me than anything else for it touches on the fundamental need of human beings to conform in groups to cruelly suppress individual longing in order to function as an unthinking mob as witnessed over and over again in the 20th century in One Party or One Religion states around the world On Tyranny Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century describes the unfolding of Zamyatin’s dystopia with almost perfect accuracyIt also emphasises the fact that monotheistic belief is not compatible with a pluralistic tolerant society if if is in power As it relies on a concept of itself as a saving truth it will never be able to fully accept a pluralistic worldview The danger of losing its followers to any other lifestyle is too great The walls of the world are built to keep followers of certain dogmas political or religious in order out of touch with freedom and choice as well as separated from an overarching comparative education that opens up perspectives rather than spreading populist slogans of “truth”There is no happiness in paradise is the lesson I learned from this novel If you can’t choose you are not fully human Sheep are not happy regardless of how well the shepherd guides them They do not understand the concept of happiness as they cannot think in abstract terms Be a sheep in paradise or a human beyond the wall That’s the choice And being a human involves many different scenarios that cannot be regulated It will sometimes include pain and chaos and certainly unhappiness which is the only means to even grasp the idea of happiness To deal with freedom in a responsible way without hurting others that is the challenge of democracy It is vulnerable as godlike populists use ancient shepherd methods to gather their sheep and lock them into paradise but it is possible to resist the urge to conform in order to feel safe Carrying out routines prescribed by authority is a soothing medicine for sheeplike nonthinkers but it does not really make humanity safe It is an illusion like planning next week’s regulated work schedule while you are sitting on a plane that is about to crash as the narrator puts it Knowing what is going on gives you a choice But for the narrator it is too late a temporary new wall is already being erected around him and his imagination is removedThere is always hope however After all Zamyatin thought and created and imagined and wrote this masterpiece in the middle of Armageddon And it survived several waves of religious political fundamentalist ruleRecommended to all people who believe that you can learn from books than from sheep as opposed to the wisdom of The Alchemist

ePub Мы by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Free ePub ë mobi Мы by Yevgeny Zamyatin · 9780140185850 » Yevgeny Zamyatin ☆ The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers fXley's Brave New World It was suppressed for many years in Russia and remains a resounding cry for individual freedom yet is also a powerful exciting and vivid work of science fiction Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel first published in Russia in 1988 after than sixty years' suppressi Sci fi's in my top 3 least favorite fiction genres However this one is thankfully not Brave New World has traces of madness and poetry both and possesses the Waltmanesue uality of being organic though the theme of Dystopian Machinery should be inevitably super structured The protagonist's POV is impressive As builder of a space ship that will provide aliens or us with an account of the glass metropolis see communism he transitions from zombie troglodyte to someone infected with a soul This was one of the landmark classics of science fiction and along with the aforementioned World sorry just not a fan 1984 haven't read it makes up a celebrated trilogyThe protagonist becomes human his confusion infuses the work with a sense of wonderment of a certain etherealness There are events that both the reader and the hero do not fully understand and this is my favorite thing about this work Some things are overexplained others oversimplified That nouns are described geometrically and in terms of mathematics is uite a uniue interpretation of the fall of a machine society Well beyond its time this is tellingly an important brick in the wall of the Global Lit Sci Fi fortress

Yevgeny Zamyatin ↠ Мы by Yevgeny Zamyatin ePub

The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand In a glass enclosed city of absolute straight lines ruled over by the all powerful 'Benefactor' the George Orwell you poser You punk You thief I heard that you had read this before writing 1984 But I didn't expect Zamyatin's writing to be so superior to yours And it is It is so much intriguing than your sterile work D 503 is so much the better character than Winston And you rob I 333 of her power and respect by demoting Julia to the role of a sexual object that stirs Winston to action Yes D 503 is stirred to action by I 333 but she's the political activist the intelligent one in this revolution Besides Zamyatin had the guts to apply a letter and a name to his characters while your very English Winston makes your work smack of parochialism and frankly condescension D 503 is the universal toadie and I 333 the universal revolutionary Winston Really Were you trying to evoke Churchill Somehow I sense Regardless of this Zamyatin's prose is far better than yours It never seems hackneyed and rarely pedantic though I suppose any novel that portrays rebellion against totalitarianism has to be somewhat pedantic But because Zamyatin actually lived under a totalitarian state TWO actually and you only imagined what the Socialists would do in your imaginary world he avoids much of the rhetoric that you seem to embrace even while lampooning the imagined society of Big BrotherYou see despite his impersonal name D 503 is so much human than Winston Yes Winston is a revolutionary like D 503 but when I read him in comparison with the protagonist of We Winston comes off as disingenuous D 503 is the real deal because Zamyatin was the real deal The man was exiled by both the Tsar and the Communists for his free thinking while you were worried about threats from within your country that never materialized Maybe that's why 1984 feels so forced remember that awful middle section outlining the world's politics BORING while We feels so much natural and easy to readFurther Zamyatin's prose is beautiful Yes you have the occasional turn of phrase that came out well iconic even but Zamyatin's writing is beautiful throughout even in its stochasticity It's the writing of a poet who actually lived under totalitarianism not a vested academic who feared a potential threat You were fighting despotism Zamyatin was living with it You surmised he knewAnd for these reasons I am doing the unprecedented for me at least I am taking one of your stars and giving it to Zamyatin Because while his work isn't perfect one must give credit where credit is due Censorship along with the the Cold War gave you your day in the sun of America's high school classrooms when all along those kids myself included should have been reading Zamyatin's workThat's an injustice Maybe you're not totally to blame Maybe Western society has to shoulder some of the guilt here But but you copycat