We’re going to Russia! In collaboration with several English speaking groups and organizations in Moscow, we’re hosting Ciervo Blanco’s first book discussion in Russia. We’ll read and discuss in English the novel “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
Warning: this is not a joke. If you’re planning on attending the discussion, you should look in advance into the flight tickets and visa procedures.
WE tells the story of the minutely organized United State, where all citizens are not individuals but only he-Numbers and she-Numbers existing in identical glass apartments with every action regulated by the “Table of Hours.” It is a community dedicated to the proposition that freedom and happiness are incompatible; that most men believe their freedom to be more than a fair exchange for a high level of materialistic happiness.
WE is recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell’s famous 1984, and wasn’t published in Russia until 1988 due to official censorship. It is generally regarded as a classic Utopian novel and an historic landmark in Soviet literature.
Yevgeny Zamyatin (Евгений Замятин) Russian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and essayist, whose famous anti-utopia My (1924, We) prefigured Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), and inspired George Orwell’s 1984 (1949). The book was considered a “malicious slander on socialism” in the Soviet Union, and it was not until 1988 when Zamyatin was rehabilitated. In the English-speaking world My has appeared in several translations.
Literary Gathering: WE by Yevgeny Zamyatin
When: Wednesday 02/11/16 at 19:30 pm
Where: Moscow (Exact location will be announced soon)
Language: English debate
Organizers: Adrián Díaz
Open admission — let us know you’re coming:
Required: To read the book