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Recommended reading for Evgenii Zamiatin

Shane, Alex M. The Life and Works of Evgenij Zamjatin. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1968. Print.

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Alex Shane's study of Zamiatin remains probably the fullest study available in English. Widely regarded as thorough and objective, it also contains an extensive bibliography.

Collins, Christopher. Evgenij Zamjatin: An Interpretive Study. The Hague and Paris: Mouton, 1973. Print.

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Christopher Collins produced an adventurous study of Zamiatin's fictional oeuvres for its time. His book is still regarded as containing interesting insights.

Barratt, Andrew.“The First Entry of We.” The Structural Analysis of Russian Narrative Fiction. Ed. Joe Andrew. Keele: Essays in Poetics Publications, 1984. 96-114. Print.

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Andrew Barratt here shows what can be revealed about the novel from a detailed analysis, which he subtitles 'An Explication', of the first entry of Zamiatin's 'We'. Barratt followed this essay up with further articles on 'We' (in the Slavonic and East European Review, 62, 1984, pp. 344-361; and in Modern Language Review, 80, 1985, pp. 659-672).

Ginsburg, Mirra, trans. A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Chicago, IL, and London: University of Chicago Press, 1970. Print.

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Mirra Ginsburg has edited and translated this version of 'Litsa', an extensive and extremely useful collection of essays on: himself, Russian literature, writing, several Russian writers, plus his subsantial essay on H.G. Wells. This book was reprinted in 1991 (by Quartet) and 1992 (Northwestern UP).

Kern, Gary, ed. Zamyatin’s We: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1988. Print.

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In this collection, Gary Kern reprints 18 critical essays on Zamiatin's novel of future dystopia and science fiction, plus sundry 'New Zamaytin Materials'. Contributions come from (among others): Richard A. Gregg, Christopher Collins, Milton Eyre, Susan Layton, and Leighton Brett Cooke. One notable inclusion is the reprinting of E.J. Brown's Ardis booklet from 1976, '"Brave New World", "1984", and "We": An essay on Anti-Utopia (Zamyatin and English Literature)'.

Russell, Robert. Zamyatin’s We. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2000. Print.

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Robert Russell deals with 'We', Zamiatin's major work of fiction, in the context of the Russian Civil War, examines the major trends in modern criticism of 'We', and the interpretations that it can sustain. He follows this with a detailed close reading of each of the novels 40 'entries'.

Gillespie, David. The Twentieth-Century Russian Novel: An Introduction. Oxford: Berg, 1996. Print.

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David Gillespie's highly useful introductory study of the Russian novel in the 20th century includes a chapter on Zamiatin's 'We' (pp.7-23), followed by chapters on seven other texts by important writers, from Babel to Bitov.

Barratt, Andrew.“Adam and the Ark of Ice.” Irish Slavonic Studies 4 (1983): n. pag. Print.

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Subtitled 'Man and Revolution in Zamyatin's "The Cave"', Andrew Barratt's article provides a detailed analysis of Zamiatin's important story 'The Cave' ['Peschera', 1922], and his development of 'neo-realism'.

Graffy, Julian.“Zamyatin’s ’Friendship’ With Gogol.” Scottish Slavonic Review 14 (1990): n. pag. Print.

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Julian Graffy provides a substantial and scholarly essay on the 'friendly relations' between Zamiatin and Gogol and, in particular, points up the Gogolian features to be found in Zamiatin's prose.

Myers, Alan.“Zamiatin in Newcastle.” Slavonic and East European Review 71 (1993): n. pag. Print.

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This article by Alan Myers, subtitled 'The Green Wall and the "Pink Ticket"', is in fact the conclusion to his investigations into Zamiatin's period of Geordie residence (in 1916-17), designing ice-breakers and preparing himself to write 'The islanders' (1918). The previous parts appeared in the same journal: SEER, vol. 68, 1, 1990 (pp. 91-9) and vol. 68, 3, 1990 (pp. 498-501).

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