ZAMYATIN, EVGENII IVANOVICH, editor.
SHERIDAN, RICHARD. Shkola zlosloviya [School for Scandal]. Moscow / Leningrad: "Academia," 1931.
8vo. Original cloth; dust jacket designed by Vladimir Mikhaelovich Konashevich. Jacket chipped at corners and lightly soiled
Provenance: Serendipity Books.
INSCRIBED by the editor on the half-title: "To Mikhail Alekseyevich Sergeyevin memory of the censor-agreeable adventures of one Russian writer. Evg. Zamyatin, 28.10.1931."
Zamyatin was one of the great dissenting writers of the early Soviet Union. His anti-Bolshevik stories did not amuse the authorities in Moscow. His best known work is the science fiction classic My [We] (1921) that influenced George Orwell's 1984 (1949) and other modern tales of distopia. He had to smuggle the manuscript of that novel out of Russia and afterwards his work was forbidden in his homeland. He survived by writing critical essays and by translating. The inscription to Sergeiev dates from the same year that Zamyatin requested to be allowed to leave the USSR. He wrote directly to Stalin, who showed his letter to Maxim Gorky who urged Stalin to let him leave. Zamyatin settled in France and later worked with the film director Jean Renoir. He was living in poverty when he died of a heart attack.