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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Aug 03, 11

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Written in the 1920s by a Russian naval architect exiled by the Bolsheviks, this is the one of the earliest dystopian sci-fi novels of the 20th century. Mankind – reduced in a 200-year war to a mere 10 million people – now lives a highly regimented and completely existence in a society where the Benefactor is regularly reelected with 100% and there are only numbers not names. Everyone lives in glass buildings so as to preclude privacy and their days are prescribed to the minute. Because of its mathematical precision, an ancient Railroad Time Table is revered. The Benefactors and his state security, the Guardians, mimic the document’s precision in the existence of every person held captive inside the Green Wall. The novel describes an attempted revolt. Don’t expect a happy ending.
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