FREE AUDIO: ‘We’, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

cover-zamyatinCalling all lovers of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, etc. etc.  Anyone who likes dystopian literature, or the struggles of the one against the many, against the State.  Here I go again, getting HIGHLY excited about a radio dramatisation that you can listen to free of charge …

“The only means of ridding man of crime is ridding him of freedom.”

The Russian dystopian novel ‘We‘ is usually subtitled as ‘the book that inspired Nineteen Eighty-Four‘.  I first came across it when I went to University, where it was recommended to me by the Head of Faculty during our initial interview (we were discussing the literary merits of Orwell‘s work, as you do).  But YOU don’t need to wait for University – you can listen to this two-part adaptation of the novel for free during the next three weeks or so.

So why the excitement?

This is what the BBC has to say about the production.

In a post-revolutionary future, OneState is ruled according to the principles of rationality. The penalty for dissent is death.

D-503, the chief engineer of the state, meets the beautiful 1-330. Her initial intentions seem innocent, but soon D starts to question her identity and indeed his own. 

The first great dystopian novel of the 20th century, written in secret in early Soviet Russia by Yevgeni Zamyatin.

Stars Anton Lesser as D-503, Joanna Riding as I-330, Don Warrington as R-13, Brigit Forsyth as U, Julia Rounthwaite as 0-90 and Russell Dixon as the Benefactor.

With a truly brilliant cast – google the actors – this promises to be a wonderful interpretation of one of the foundation stones of dystopian literature.

You can listen to it  here.



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2 comments on “FREE AUDIO: ‘We’, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  1. Eleanor says:

    This sounds really interesting. I never knew that 1984 was inspired by another book…

    • aguerrero says:

      To be honest, nor did I for a long time. This feels like a book for slightly older students: because of some of the subject matter rather than the actual writing, so for readers in Y9 or below you may want to check with parents that they’re happy for you to get stuck into ‘We’ …

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