Yevgeny Zamyatin

  • We

  • In a glass city composed of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of OneState live their lives without passion or agency. That is until D-503, a man tasked with bringing the Revolution to the stars, meets a remarkable woman . . .

    Supressed in Russia for decades, Zamyatin's dystopian masterpiece prophesized the worst excesses of the Soviet Union, while creating an enduring and vivid vision of what future societies might look like - a vision that would inspire George Orwell's 1984 and many subsequent dystopias.

RELEASED 06/08/2020

Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937) was a naval engineer by profession and writer by vocation, who made himself an enemy of the Tsarist government by being a Bolshevik, and an enemy of the Soviet government by insisting that human beings have absolute creative freedom. He wrote short stories, plays and essays, but his masterpiece is We, written in 1920-21 and soon thereafter translated into most of the languages of the world.