Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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One of the BBC's '100 Novels that Shaped the World'

'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 281g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 9780141187761
  • 1,417

About George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
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Widely regarded as one of the most influential books of all time, George Orwell's haunting science-fiction thriller Nineteen Eighty-Four will have you gripped up to the final page. From the start you are plunged into the tormented life of working-man Winston Smith, following his path of love, rebellion and betrayal. Orwell unravels the story bit-by-bit, following Smith's first-person narrative and giving the reader his own anxious captivation. Living under constant surveillance by Big Brother, one must wait - almost agonisingly - until the right moment arrives to unearth the next piece of the mystery. Every character is shrouded in uncertainty, every action builds the tension, and you will often find yourself reading the next chapter before you've finished the last. George Orwell's heavily political subtext will not appeal to all readers. It does require some understanding of political movements to understand the intentions of the all-seeing Party. Nevertheless, this is not essential to understand the situation Smith is in, and the feelings he has. Nineteen Eighty-Four is truly a revolutionary piece of literature, and its impact is clear to see from the neologisms which sprouted from it, such as Orwellian, Room 101, thought-crime, and of course: Big more
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