Evgenii Zamiatin was an extremely popular, successful, talented and influential writer and literary guru who fell foul of the Soviet cultural authorities. This resulted in total neglect in his homeland for a period of half a century after his death, although, at the same time, he soon became a figure attracting considerable attention in Western cultural circles.
Born into a middle-class background in Lebedian, Tambov Province (where his father was a church priest), on 1 February 1884, Evgenii Ivanovich Zamiatin attended the gimnaziia (or lycée) at Voronezh and then the Polytechnic Institute at St Petersburg, where he trained as a naval architect (and later lectured). …
Cornwell, Neil. "Evgenii Zamiatin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 December 2005
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