Booker’s Take on We : Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924)



pg 292 – We warns against the negative consequences of a number of aspects of the ideology of the Revolution, suggesting that the new socialist state was in danger of descending into totalitarianism

pg 292 – We is centrally informed by a fear of dehumanizing potential of technology and of an excessive insistence on rational solutions to all human problems.

N.Q every moment of the day is regimented by the “table of hours”.

Nobody is one but ‘one of” pg 7

Protagonist is D-503

-pg 293 – Pink coupouns are allowed them to have sex with the partner of their choice – provided that such relations are not allowed to develop into strong emotional attachments.

pg 293- Music is composed according to strictly rational mathematical principles, devoid of all inspiration or feeling.

pg 294 – In point of fact strict state control has stripped poetry of any real power. In a comment on the pressure exerted  on Zamyatin and his fellow writers in post revolutionary Soviet Russia to produce didactic work in the service of the revolution.

pg 294- D-503’s deviation from conformity begins when he is seduced from his mindless obedience to authority through the sexual charms of a subversive woman, the mysterious I-330 (N.Q refer this to 1984) .

pg 294 Transgressive sexuality is thus presented as a form of political rebellion

sounds familiar?

sounds familiar?

pg 295 – Zamyatins treatment of the opposition between rationality and emotion clearly participates in a widespread modern anxiety over the potential dehumanizing effects of increasing regimentation and technologization in the modern world .

pg 296 – Unamity day the chief public holiday derived from Easter, and benefactor  himself is endowed with a godlike aura.

Our only predecessors” (pg 128 we) – D-503 referring to christian

pg 296 – Zamyatins book clearly comments on the politicization of science in the early days of the Soviet Union, and his treatment of issues like sexuality, religion , and culture responds quite directly to debates over those issues in post revolutionary Russia.

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pg 297 – […] thoroughgoing opposition to Utopian thought of any kinda a strong belief that no society is perfect, that the revolutionary quest for change must never end […] “Revolutions are infinite” (pg 174)



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