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The dystopian fiction has become popular in recent years, with the successes of books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and television adaptations like The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale by Hulu. High level editorial The latest science fiction offer from The Folio Society is one of the classics of the genre: a new edition of Nosotros, from 1924, by the Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin. It features original works of art by Kit Russell and an introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin.
The book is widely regarded as the forerunner of the entire genre, helping to inform about classics such as Brave New World, 1984, and many others. The novel follows an engineer named D-503 who lives in a nation called OneState. He is working hard on the construction of a spaceship called INTEGRAL, which will bring society and its ideology to other worlds.
When he meets a woman named I-330, D-503 begins to question his environment, and learns that she is part of an organization that seeks to end OneState. In his introduction, Le Guin, who passed away earlier this year, said it was "Zamyatin's brilliant testimony against the growing rigidity and authoritarianism of his nation," and praised his radical policy and his efforts to overcome the censorship he faced in his native Russia.
The editor also released a short video that is included in the volume design:

Russell noted that he first heard about the book when The Folio Society approached him to create the art, but upon reading it, he tells The Verge that he was "impressed by the avant-garde and thinking that it is the date on which it was originally written. "

Photo of Andrew Liptak / The Verge

Tom Walker, editorial director of the publishing house, points out in the video that "the black and white illustrations correspond magnificently with the text, reminiscent of Russian futuristic art". Russell explains that "they wanted the book to have an austere, retro-futuristic feel that emulated the early avant-garde and science fiction movies."

Photo of Andrew Liptak / The Verge

To get inspiration for the book, Russell says he found an exhibition at the Design Museum in London called "Imagine Moscow: architecture, propaganda and revolution", which explored the works of art and publications of the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s imagined the future of the country "I found it profoundly interesting to imagine the impact that Russian society had on Zamyatin and how this was translated into his writing."
That work of art helped inform the style of art in this book, says Russell. "I thought it was important to incorporate this idea to represent OneState graphically, concentrating on the geometry of the book instead of the characters.When I integrated characters into the illustrations, the views are deliberately obscured using perspective or scale to try to destabilize the relationship with the reader ".

Photo of Andrew Liptak / The Verge

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