Yevgeny Zamyatin Biography

Yevgeny Zamyatin was born 20 February, 1884 in Lebedyan, Russia. His father was a Russian Orthodox priest and schoolmaster, and his mother a musician. From 1902 to 1908, Yevgeny studied naval engineering in Saint Petersburg.

Zamyatin joined the Bolsheviks and during the Russian Revolution of 1905 he was arrested and exiled. Zamyatin returned to Saint Petersburg briefly before moving to Finland in 1906 to complete his studies. He returned to Russia again, but was soon arrested and exiled a second time in 1911, but amnestied in 1913.

He gained some fame after writing, Uyezdnoye (A Provincial Tale) in 1913, which satirized life in a small Russian town. After graduating as a naval engineer, Zamyatin worked professionally at home and abroad. In 1916 Zamyatin was sent to England to supervise the construction of icebreakers at the shipyards in Walker and Wallsend while living in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Zamyatin wrote The Islanders and its pendant A Fisher of Men, which were published in 1917. After his return to Russia, Zamyation edited several journals. After the publication of "We" in a Russian émigré journal in 1927, Zamyatin found his works were banned. In 1931, Zamyatin was eventually given permission to leave the Soviet Union by Joseph Stalin. Zamyatin moved to Paris with his wife. He passed away of a heart attack in 1937. Yevgeny Zamyatin is buried in Thiais, France, at a cemetery on Rue de Stalingrad.

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