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We: Alma Classics Evergreens

Autor Yevgeny Zamyatin, Evgenij Samjatin
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 23 noi 2017
We takes place in a distant future, where humans are forced to submit their wills to the requirements of the state, under the rule of the all-powerful Benefactor, and dreams are regarded as a sign of mental illness. In a city of straight lines, protected by green walls and a glass dome, a spaceship is being built in order to spearhead the conquest of new planets. Its chief engineer, a man called D-503, keeps a journal of his life and activities: to his mathematical mind everything seems to make sense and proceed as it should, until a chance encounter with a woman threatens to shatter the very foundations of the world he lives in.

Written in a highly charged, direct and concise style, Zamyatin's 1921 seminal novel - here presented in Hugh Aplin's crisp translation - is not only an indictment of the Soviet Russia of his time and a precursor of the works of Orwell and the dystopian genre, but also a prefiguration of much of twentieth-century history and a harbinger of the ominous future that may still lay ahead of us.
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ISBN-13: 9781847496768
ISBN-10: 1847496768
Pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 128 x 198 x 27 mm
Greutate: 0.24 kg
Editura: ALMA BOOKS
Colecția Alma Classics
Seria Alma Classics Evergreens


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Victor Tanasa a dat nota:

Surprisingly modern for a book written in 1921. Told as a series of journal entries written by a mathematician, We follows Delta-503's life after a chance encounter with a woman that threatens to shatter the very foundations of the world he lives in (the blurb says it best). There are a lot of ideas and themes, brilliantly executed here, that will later resurface in other dystopian works. I expected to be a bit bored with the obvious freedom is good and "unfreedom" is bad parts, but they were done in a unique way, so no complaints there. The prose, though, was not my favourite ever. It can be incoherent; there's plenty of sawed-off sentences and dialogue that leaves the reader wondering just what the hell is going on. I get and appreciate that the style perfectly reflects the main character's turmoil and confused thoughts, but that doesn't make it a joy or easy to read. Also, fantastic cover art.

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Yevgeny Zamyatin

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Written in a highly charged, direct and concise style, Zamyatin's 1921 seminal novel - here presented in Hugh Aplin's crisp translation - is a prefiguration of much of twentieth-century history and a harbinger of the ominous future that may still lay ahead of us.