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University of California at Davis Alex M. Shane EDITOR'S PREFACE Yevgeny Zamyatin the critic and teacher was probably as influ- ential in Soviet literature of the 1920s as Zamyatin the writer of fiction. A consummate craftsman, he was enormously concerned with the problems of craft.
A Soviet Heretic: Essays Yevgeny Zamyatin Until recently Yevgeny lvanovich Zamyatin was known in the West primarily as the author of We, an anti-Utopian novel that first appeared in English translation in 1924 but has yet to be published in the Soviet Union, where it was written in 1 920 and 1921.
The proletarian writers and poets are diligently trying to be aviators astride a locomotive. The locomotive huffs and puffs sincerely and assiduously, but it does not look as if it can rise aloft. With small exceptions (such as Mikhail Volkov of the Moscow “Smithy”), all the practitioners of proletarian culture have the most revolutionary content and the most reactionary form.Learn More
Background Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin was born on January 20, 1884, in Lebedyan, Russian Empire (now the administrative center of Lebedyansky District in Lipetsk Oblast, Russian Federation) to the family of a Russian Orthodox priest and a school principal Ivan Dmitrievich Zamyatin and a pianist Maria Aleksandrovna Platonova.Learn More
A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin edited and translated by Mirra Ginsburg (University of Chicago Press 86s) To the general reader the Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin is known, if at all.Learn More
The critical work collected in A Soviet Heretic, however, shows him to be worthy of respect, both for his writing and for his personal fight for a free and open Soviet art. Zamyatin's revolutionary credentials were impeccable (he had joined the Bolsheviks before 1905) and it would have been easy for him to have toed the party line and accepted the rewards; instead he was lucky to be allowed to.Learn More
A Soviet Heretic by Yevgeny Zamyatin 57 ratings, 4.11 average rating, 4 reviews A Soviet Heretic Quotes Showing 1-5 of 5 “True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”.Learn More
The essay appears in a recent collection entitled A Soviet Heretic, edited and translated by Mirra Ginsburg, and like many other pieces in that volume it is an exploration—from a craftsman’s point of view—of how the Russian writer of the time might not only maintain his own integrity in the face of the growing threat of Soviet bureaucratization but might also find ways to warn: to keep.Learn More
As translated in A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1970) edited and translated by Mirra Ginsburg, 1919. 3 Copy quote But you can't plead with autumn.Learn More
Yevgeny Zamyatin was born in Russia in 1884. Arrested during the abortive 1905 revolution, he was exiled twice from St. Petersburg, then given amnesty in 191.Learn More
In this essay I argue that one such influence was quite likely the writer and theorist Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937). Context Other than perhaps Gorky, Yevgeny Zamyatin was probably the most influential writer in Russia (and specifically in Petersburg, as he insisted on calling his adopted city) in the years immediately following the Russian Revolution.Learn More
In the essay, The Psychology of Creative Work, Yevgeny shows the reader how to leap upward after showing him the ground from which to leap. The fourth section, Eight Writers and One Painter, contains eight fascinating essays beautifully written, each concerning a different artist; Alexander Blok, Fyodor Sologub, Chekhov, Kustodiev, Andrey Bely, Maxim Gorky, H. G. Wells, O'Henry, and Anotole.Learn More
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This illumination from Yevgeny Zamyatin will help you discover and read good literature that brims your heart and soul with pleasure. It shoots its rays into the dark recesses of the human heart, into the dark energy of cosmic space and into the very heart of primordial energy itself.Learn More