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byYevgeny Zamyatin

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 1983

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Before Brave New World...
Before 1984...There was...


In the One State of the great Benefactor, there are no individuals, only numbers. Life is an ongoing process of mathematical precision, a perfectly balanced equation. Primitive passions and instincts have been subdued. Even nature has been defeated, banished behind the Green Wall. But one frontier remains: outer space. Now, with the creation of the spaceship Integral, that frontier -- and whatever alien species are to be found there -- will be subjugated to the beneficent yoke of reason.

One number, D-503, chief architect of the Integral, decides to record his thoughts in the final days before the launch for the benefit of less advanced societies. But a chance meeting with the beautiful 1-330 results in an unexpected discovery that threatens everything D-503 believes about himself and the One State. The discovery -- or rediscovery -- of inner space...and that disease the ancients called the soul.

A page-turning SF adventure, a masterpiece of wit and black humor that accurately predicted the horrors of Stalinism, We is the classic dystopian novel. Its message of hope and warning is as timely at the end of the twentieth century as it was at the beginning.

"As the first major anti-utopian fantasy . . . We has its own peculiar wryness and grace, sharper than the pamphleteering of 1984 or thephilosophical scheme of Brave New World, its celebrated descendants." (Kirkus Reviews)
Title:WeFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.64 inPublished:August 1, 1983Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0380633132

ISBN - 13:9780380633135

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Sci-fi Personally, I preferred BNW, but this is still a good book worth a read.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good translation Interesting translation, makes me feel closer to the original text. A sci-fi classic!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dystopian better than 1984 I thought Orwell's 1984 was good until I read this. I still like 1984, but I thought this one was better. It is definitely on my list of must reads.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We I read this book for english class a few years back and am now re-reading it. It is definitely a strange read but also a really compelling dystopian novel. I found it hard to follow at times but overall, I think it is an excellent book.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing at times I'm rating this three stars because of the wonderful story. My reading experience was probably more like one. I enjoyed the world and plot described here, and I can see how so many works took inspiration from We. I don't know if it was the fault of the author or translator, but I found this incredibly hard to read because it was both confusing and dull. I was genuinely lost and had no idea what was going on at multiple points, and then others trudged on and it became a real chore to finish certain chapters. I wanted to adore this book but the writing style really kept that from being possible. I'd only recommend this for fans of dystopias that want to learn more about one of the first big ones.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I had to read this novel for my History class and I am very glad that I did. Though I was focusing on comparing the One State with the Soviet Union, there are so many aspects from this book that can be applied to everyday life. Sure, it is a dystopian story, but it is so much more than that. It is about humanity, what it is, what it does, how it changes and how it can cause change over time. Though it can be a bit dry at times it is generally an easy read. This is an excellent, thought-provoking book and I would recommend it to anyone with any sort of interest in the manner of the relationship between humanity and modernization.
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1920's Russian Novel that Works Before 1984 and the Heart of Darkness came We. Read it if you have ever wondered what it would be like living in a futuristic dictaorship.
Date published: 2001-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We Translated from the original Russian, this is a book that I liked reading a lot because it possesses many qualities I didn't expect to find in sci-fi. The style is poetic in the extreme. The language is cold, yet still possesses a seductive power. There is a sexual energy that underlies its whole world that I found very appealing. Although it is a tragic novel, the celebration of humanity in an utterly inhuman world redeems the dark ending. Anyone who has read Brave New World or 1984 will definitely enjoy it.
Date published: 1999-03-19

From Our Editors

People are identifiable only by their numbers in the One State of the Great Benefactor. D-503 is the chief architect of a spaceship designed to search out alien life. But then he meets I-330 merely by chance and starts to discover a new emotion. It threatens to destroy everything D-503 believes in. Could it be love? Critics and fans have called We one of the most influential novels of our time.

Editorial Reviews

"As the first major anti-utopian fantasy . . . We has its own peculiar wryness and grace, sharper than the pamphleteering of 1984 or thephilosophical scheme of Brave New World, its celebrated descendants." (Kirkus Reviews)