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In a week of shock wins, We (nominated by Andrew) managed to beat out The War of The Worlds to become our choice for March. For those in our group who aren't fans of sci-fi, please don't be put off, We is a great dystopian read (and a lot less 'epic sci-fi' than Dune) :). And, for those who can ignore the lure of paper, it's currently 99p on Kindle!* *at time of writing, I take no responsibility for proce fluctuations.
Yevgeny Zamyatin: We (1924)
Written in 1920, this dystopian satire shaped Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, but was not published in Zamyatin's native Russia until 1988 (the first English translation was in 1924). What did the Soviet censors find so offensive? This "enemy of the working classes" imagined the world of the 26th century as a soulless place of straight lines and identical lives, a glass city ruled by an absolute dictator known as the Benefactor, whose subjects have security and comfort, but no liberty, privacy or dreams. Until, that is, the mathematician D-503 falls in love.