Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Today is the anniversary of the death in 1937 of Russian science fiction writer Yevgeny Zamyatin. There is a short biography here. The Encyclopedia of Soviet Writers has an article.
His dystopian novel We was an influence on authors George Orwell, Ayn Rand and Kurt Vonnegut. It can be read in English online here. Salon.com has a review of a recent translation. The SFSite review says it's a book "that will challenge you on many levels".
I still have the paperback copy I read when I was in high school in the 70's. I remember how it impressed me.