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Again With the Yevgeny

Again With the Yevgeny

We have a new essay on Zamyatin, and new poetry on tap as well. Robert Mueller and Tony Jones return with more lyrical and creative writing.   *     *     *     *     *     My own writing and reading has slowed a bit as we move to the end of 2008. The holidays have seen me sinking into movies primarily. Nothing of stunning note, though I did enjoy watching the classic, Casablanca, again. My guess is, however, that my own…

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Robert Mueller: In the Shadow of Yevgeny

Robert Mueller: In the Shadow of Yevgeny

Scene by Scene There is this furnace of the pounding, and then there is this and more and delicately the surrounding of white flakes. There is a brush-up in the waiting where the birds paly greyed in slanting pike charge, and lately the crinkles clasp. And then there is more, much more than this, like heaps by the forest meant to be lumbered o’er, hungered as if a straight. And as if the likelihoods of streams relenting this, that and…

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Robert Mueller: Zamyatin’s Garden

Robert Mueller: Zamyatin’s Garden

by Robert Mueller   Reading Evgeny Zamyatin’s A Godforsaken Hole (Na kulichkakh, 1914), what is the novel like? First of all, it is very funny. And familiar. And yet the strange thing is that those other novels and texts that it can remind you of would seem to come after; and it would not be any particular writer or book, but merely the feeling of its being so familiar. What is funny about this book?  Here we feel in Walker…

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Orwell’s Vision of We

Orwell’s Vision of We

Zamyatin’s We has generated enormous critical response through the decades. George Orwell reviewed it in 1946, but was limited by the available manuscripts of his day. He read the French version, translated as Nous Autres, and based his comments on that. According to Natasha Randall, the earliest and most reliable manuscript was published in 1952, by Chekhov House. She also mentions in the intro to her translation of We that the Ford Foundation gave indirect support. Ironic, isn’t it? Orwell…

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Zamyatin’s We

Zamyatin’s We

We is the grandfather of Sci-Fi and perhaps the first dystopian novel. Zamyatin finished it in 1921 and quickly ran afoul of the Soviet authorities. He was always running afoul of the authorities. In this case, it was because he satirized the very same system that would repress any book about that system. Implicit and explicit in the book was the fact that it would be suppressed by its subject. Set in the distant future, it’s the story of D-503,…

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