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Yevgeny ZAMYATIN


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Would be interesting to hear of people's insights into Yevgeny ZAMYATIN, author of the great novel, "WE" other than understanding his prowess in writing the aforementioned book and that it appears he was the inspiration for HUXLEY's and ORWELL'S subsequent books. 

I think he's severely underestimated and downplayed in the arena of dystopian/utopian future forecasting. If it was indeed him that wholly or partially gave rise to ORWELL and HUXLEY's great contributions, why isn't he justifiably better known ??? 

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It does seem true that a lot of dystopian writers were influenced by his work, that's something that I have seen being discussed on 4chan's literature board quite a bit over the years, by anons that were well read.

 

As to why he isn't as known as some say he should be, maybe that's by design. He joined the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, and it's possible that that influenced his writing, so maybe people don't want other people to link dystopian novels to Bolshevism.

 

He was disturbed by the All-Union Communist Party's policies, and 'We' became the first work banned by the Soviet censorship board. How well is he known in Russia today though?

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