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Animal Farm

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Since its publication fifty years ago, "Animal Farm" has become one of the most controversial books ever written. It has been translated into seventy languages and sold millions of copies throughout the world. This edition is being published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its original U.S. publication. It features 100 full-color and halftone illustrations by world-renowned artist Ralph Steadman. As vital and relevant as it was fifty years ago, "Animal Farm" is a devastating satire of the Soviet Union by the man V. S. Pritchett called "the conscience of his generation." A fable about an uprising of farm animals against their human masters, it illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes. This anniversary edition includes Orwell's proposed but unpublished preface to the original edition and his preface to the 1947 Ukranian edition. These appendices evoke the historical context in which Orwell conceived and wrote his classic novel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 139 pages
  • 109.22 x 187.96 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Dutton / Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 50th Anniversary ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0451526341
  • 9780451526342
  • 6,104

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""Animal Farm" remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history." -Malcolm Bradbury "As lucid as glass and quite as sharp...["Animal Farm"] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift." -"Atlantic Monthly" "A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times." -"New York Times""Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift." -Edmund Wilson, "The New Yorker" "Orwell's satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years." -Ruth Rendell With an Introduction by Julian Symonsshow more

About George Orwell

George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.show more

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Easy enough to read and quite short. . I bought and 1984 it cause their so famous not having a clue what they were about - if you're in the same boat this book is a great read. - Great Christmas gift for someone who likes politics and/ or is argumentative by nature (probably both the same!!)show more
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