We : Introduction by Will Self, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


SHORTLISTED FOR THE OXFORD WEIDENFELD TRANSLATION PRIZE 2008 WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY WILL SELF The citizens of the One State live in a condition of 'mathematically infallible happiness'.

D-503 decides to keep a diary of his days working for the collective good in this clean, blue city state where nature, privacy and individual liberty have been eradicated.

But over the course of his journal D-503 suddenly finds himself caught up in unthinkable and illegal activities - love and rebellion.

Banned on its publication in Russia in1921, We is the first modern dystopian novel and a satire on state control that has once again become chillingly relevant.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099511434

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.

Review by

Unlike Brave New World and 1984, there are flashes here of why you'd want to live -- and how you could survive -- in a dystopia.

Review by

I thought that this was a very good book. It wasn't as mind blowing as some others I've read but I enojyed the story very much. I was intrigued by the fact that it is almost 100 years since it was first published but it doesn't seem particularly out of date these days.I always like a good rebellion and I enjoyed the main character being sucked into one not through his own volition. There were some very interesting concepts in the book as well. I very much enjoyed the walled city physically seprated from the rest of the world and the develpoment of removing the citizens imaginations. There were many elements of other books I've read in this, namely 1984 and Brave New World which seemed to have developed some similar themes as found in this book. The style of the book, being written down by one individual was a good one, although I found that this made it difficult for me to follow in some places, as I struggled to remember who had said what and to whom. Overall though I'm glad I read this one and woould look out for any more works from this author.

Review by

It was really interesting but I'm kinda confused which is why I can't give it a higher rating. I really loved the writing style and D-503 was such an interesting character.

Also by Yevgeny Zamyatin   |  View all