Looking across the world to the Soviet Union, one of the most influential dystopian novels is Yevgeny Zamyatin's , which was first published in 1920. presents a future that serves as a solid prototype for many following future societies that would appear in science fiction literature. Zamyatin created a world where privacy was nonexistent, where people walked in mathematical precision and where personality and emotions were discouraged. In this tale, a shipbuilder named D-503 works to build the , a spaceship designed to bring the OneState's message to the stars, and along the way, changes when he meets a radical who opens his eyes to a new way of life. Zamyatin, who had participated in the Bolshevik revolution, had come down on the bad side of the Stalinists, and found himself in exile in Europe. Ironically, the book, first published in 1920, wasn't translated into Russian until the 1950s, and even then, wasn’t released in Russia until after the fall of the Soviet Union.


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