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  1. A very interesting story about” similarity ” happened to dystopian authors. The first dystopia of our usual kind was Zamyatin's “We” in 1924. It wasn't until 1931 that Huxley would write Brave New World, Orwell's 1984 in 1948, and Bradberry's Fahrenheit 451 in 1953. Many people think that Huxley or Orwell was the first, and the rest simply echoed him, inspired by the idea. But the first was a Russian writer (very talented, by the way), and in 1924 his novel was published abroad, which prompted others to do something similar. Zamyatin is an absolute innovator of this form of dystopia (city of the future). But the rest-yes, only similar.

    If you haven't read Zamyatin's “We” very very very much, I advise you!

  2. There are many such examples. If we understand the similarity in a broad sense, without taking into account what this similarity is related to, for example, with direct borrowing or imitation, or it's just typological roll calls ( that is, the authors independently wrote about the same thing). In this case, we can call similar “Lyudmila” Zhukovsky and “Lenora” Burger. The first is an arrangement of the second, the similarity is natural. The same can be said about many of the works of Pushkin, who created arrangements of Chenier, Byron and others. Dostoevsky is often like Dickens. “Anna Karenina” is similar to Jane Austen's novels. Then Dostoevsky himself influenced foreign authors, Sartre, Cortazar, for example. And Zola was influenced by Turgenev.

    There are also quite a lot of typologically similar works. Take, for example, the poetry of the early twentieth century, with the theme of the city. In many works, the same motifs and images are repeated.

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