Monday, 15 December 2008

Yevgeny Zamyatin

The prose of Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1927) is some of the most exhilirating and singular I have ever read. Famous for his kinetic, imagist, dystopian satire, We, Zamyatin should also be remembered as a remarkable experimental engineer of language. Anticipating both surrealism and post-modernism, We is filled with an extremely odd descriptive style, as well as a seer-like and alien feel for colour which never fails to surprise. It appears he can be included into that fantastically rarified club of Russian Literary Synaesthesiacs, which also counts Vladimir Nabokov and Andrey Bely as members. Aren't there any non-Russian writers possessed with this talent?

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