Orwell vs Huxley vs Zamyatin: Who would win a dystopian fiction contest?

In a glass city, where people who are only numbers living in houses made of glass bricks, and the daily routine of them depend on the tables for hours set by the good Maker, a particular number, D-503, Develops a dangerous condition. The soul is nourished. This could be life and that of his family in danger of death because in this future only state, where logic prevails, sex and love is rationally forbidden, a flourishing soul is an indication of the development of individuality and separation . But the state believes that “nobody” a “but” to “we are so close ….”

We, on behalf of Yevgeny Zamyatin relax a future world ruled by reason is probably one of the grandparents of dystopia. Initially available as Secret Samizdat (1921) broadcasts in the former Soviet Union, the book was out of the USSR and appeared in English in 1924 by EP Dutton, New York. The novel was an immediate success in Western intellectual circles, but its author, attacked by the Soviet authorities had to exile in France, where he died in poverty. Here, perhaps for the first time, fiction has been committed to the operation imagined a totalitarian dictatorship in a way never attempted before.

But dystopian fiction has she really got off the road with Zamiatin We? Leaving aside the academic discussion that any work of fiction on a utopia has the elements of an integrated system and dystopia that writing in a utopia returns us throughout the Republic of Plato and the Utopia of Tomás Moro look at this extract From a short story written in 1891 by famed humor author Jerome Jerome Klapka. A man woke up to sleep 1000 years and is in London, where he needs the bathroom:

“No, we are not allowed to wash ourselves. You must wait four and a half hours and they are going to wash for tea ..” “be washed” I cried! “What for?”

“The state”. He said they found that they could not maintain equality when people could wash. Some people wash themselves three or four times a day, while others have never touched water and soap from one year to the next, and therefore it took two different classes: clean and dirty.

The history of London, 1000 years after the socialist revolution, is an immediate introduction to dystopia, where the best plans for an equal state have resulted in undesirable consequences altogether. Jerome’s story seems to have influenced and inspired the anti-utopian fiction that followed.

A recurring theme and, essentially, what is at the heart of all dystopian writing is the conflict of freedom and happiness. In Zamiatin’s book, the Government of a State (United States in the translation of Zilboorg) reduced all freedoms. A poet who speaks of paradise tells the character of D-503 how Adam and Eve were given the choice between happiness without freedom and freedom without happiness, and the way they stupidly surprised past. The government of a state establishes that it has restored the happiness lost to its subjects.

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