One of the first and most important works of modern dystopian literature, this novel by Russian writer Evgeny Zamayatin was written in 1919-1920 and published in English in 1924. The original Russian version was not authorized for publication in the Soviet Union until 1988, when Gorbachev's policy of culture openness (glasnost) allowed readers access to twentieth-century Russian literature inimical to the communist project.
Howell, Yvonne. "WE." Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics: Censorship, Revolution, and Writing. Edited by M. Keith Booker. Vol. 3. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005.
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