George Orwell

1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four, often referred to as 1984, is a dystopian social science fiction novel by the English novelist George Orwell (the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair). It was published on 8th June 1949 as Orwell’s ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. Thematically, Nineteen Eighty-Four centres on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of persons and behaviours within society. Orwell, himself a democratic socialist, modelled the authoritarian government in the novel after Stalinist Russia. More broadly, the novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated.
The story takes place in an imagined future, the year 1984, when much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical negationism, and propaganda. Great Britain, known as Airstrip One, has become a province of a totalitarian superstate named Oceania that is ruled by the Party who employ the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. Big Brother, the leader of the Party, enjoys an intense cult of personality despite the fact that he may not even exist. The protagonist, Winston Smith, is a diligent and skilful rank-and-file worker and Outer Party member who secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion. He enters into a forbidden relationship with a colleague, Julia, and starts to remember what life was like before the Party came to power.
368 printed pages
Original publication
1949

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    Анна Лаптинскаяshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
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    Книга из ряда фантастики, но многое соответствует действительности...

    Daniela Ospinashared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
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    Un mundo distópico aterrador donde se elimina por completo el individualismo y cada rasgo de humanidad, nuestro protagonista logra mantenerse despierto y consciente y nos relata cómo es vivir así.

    Стас Димитренкоshared an impression4 years ago

    It,s book very great. I read in russian language before and now wanted to read in English.
    It was good experience for me.

Quotes

    Courtney Cantrellhas quoted4 years ago
    Nothing exists except through human consciousness.”
    Ksyusha Pavlovahas quoted7 years ago
    That the choice for mankind lay between freedom and happiness, and that, for the great bulk of mankind, happiness was better.
    Jam Trimorhas quoted2 years ago
    He felt as though he were wandering in the forests of the sea bottom, lost in a monstrous world where he himself was the monster. He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable.

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