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ISBN: 9781554814107

Publication Date: Jan 2020

Format: Paperback

Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel We, written in the early 1920s as the new government of the Soviet Union was beginning to show its authoritarian character, is one of the great classics of dystopian fiction. It presents a chilling vision of the future of the Soviet experiment.

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Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel We is one of the great classics of dystopian fiction. Experimental and provocative in both style and content, it was the first major literary work to be banned in the Soviet Union. This critical edition features an entirely new annotated translation, as well as an introduction, contextual materials, and images related to the text.


"This new translation of Zamyatin's We is very well done. Kirsten Lodge has managed very skilfully to produce a readable version of a novel that is in parts deliberately jerky and elliptical in the original; she has found imaginative solutions to the various tricky problems that the text presents. … The introduction and the contextual materials are also useful; this is an edition that introduces the reader to the artistic and historical context as well as to the text itself." – J.A.E. Curtis, University of Oxford

"Kirsten Lodge's new edition of Zamyatin's We is ideal for the classroom: an excellent new translation accompanied by carefully chosen readings and images that place the novel within its proper context." – Eliot Borenstein, New York University

"Kirsten Lodge has created a teacher's dream: a definitive English-language edition of Zamyatin's We that also includes the key texts–literary, political, philosophical, and industrial–to which Zamyatin was responding in this seminal dystopian novel. Lodge's informative, accessible introduction provides just the right amount of context, explaining how the novel came to be, why it was so groundbreaking, and how it has inspired other dystopian authors from Orwell to Atwood. Lay readers will enjoy delving deeper into the significance of the novel, and teachers will rejoice to have these resources at their students' fingertips in Lodge's vivid, readable translations. I look forward to assigning this book in my classes." – Rebecca Stanton, Barnard College

"For years I have taught these classic Russian texts [Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground, and Zamyatin's We] to students with little or no knowledge of Russian language or culture. In addition to providing clear, readable translations of the texts themselves, Lodge's editions provide critical apparatus–introductions, notes, secondary texts, and images–that have made these stories much more accessible to my students. Contextual material that I have long had to put in handouts and powerpoints is now conveniently included in the text itself. These are certainly the most teachable editions of these texts currently available." – Chad Engbers, Calvin University

Illustrations 12 illustrations
Pages 246
Dimensions 216 x 140 x 12
Date Published 30 Jan 2020
Publisher Broadview Press
Subject/s Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Fiction  
  • Introduction
  • The Context of We
  • Literary Approaches to We
  • A Note on the Text and Translation
  • WeIn Context
  • Work, Productivity, and "Scientific Management" from Frederick Winslow Taylor, The Principles of Scientific Management (1911)
  • from Vladimir Lenin, The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Governement (1918)
  • from Aleksei Gastev, On the Tendencies of Proletarian Culture (1919)
  • Proletarian Poetry
  • Vladimir Kirillov, "We" (1917)
  • Aleksei Gastev, "We Grow Out of Iron" (1918)
  • Aleksei Gastev, "Whistles" (1918)
  • Aleksei Gastev, "To a Speaker" (1919)
  • Vladimir Kirillov, "The World Collective" (1918)
  • Ivan Logimov, "We Are the First Peals of Thunder" (1919)
  • Aleksei Mashirov-Samobytnik, "Follow Us!" (1919)
  • Vasily Aleksandrovsky, "Workers' Holiday" (1921)
  • H.G. Wells from H.G. Wells, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought, Chapter 9: "The Faith, Morals, and Public Policy of the New Republic" (1901)
  • from H.G. Wells, "Scepticism of the Instrument" (1903)
  • from H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia (1905)
  • Early Reception from Aleksandr Voronsky, "Literary Portraits: Eugene Zamyatin" (1922)
  • Zamyatin on We from Yevgeny Zamyatin, "On Literature, Revolution, Entropy, Etc." (1923)
  • Images
  • Early Twentieth-Century Art
  • Early Soviet Posters
  • Images of Zamyatin

Kirsten Lodge is Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature and Humanities at Midwestern State University. Her previous books include Broadview editions of Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground and Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

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