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by George Orwell

Dystopian Fiction

LoveReading View on 1984

One of the most renowned classics of all time was brought to us by George Orwell in 1949. A compelling, striking nightmarish vision of a dystopian world, this remains one of the most chilling yet favourite books I've ever read and one of the best openings of a book ever: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" So much of it has entered our language, becoming an integrated part of our common cultural inheritance, that I'm sure many people don't even realise their beginnings.


It is the year 1984 and the world is divided into three superstates each at war with eachother. Britain is Airstrip One ruled by the Party and led by Big Brother, the symbolic face of totalitarianism. Even love is considered subversive and we follow the story of Winston Smith who works in the Ministry of Truth where his job is to rewrite the past to fit the present. Depicting everyman, Winston begins to subtlely rebel by writing a secret diary, a deadly thought crime in a society where the actions and thoughts of the people are strictly controlled through propaganda, secrecy, constant surveillance, and harsh punishment.  Where will it end? This book will stay with you, and will never be forgotten.

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1984 Synopsis

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian novel by the English writer George Orwell, published in 1948. The story, which focuses on the life of Winston Smith, was Orwell's vision of a totalitarian state which has absolute control over every action and thought of its people through propaganda, secrecy, constant surveillance, and harsh punishment.

1984 Press Reviews

'His final masterpiece. Enthralling and indispensible for understanding modern history' Timothy Garton Ash


'Right up there among my favourite books ... I read it again and again' Margaret Atwood


'More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of' Jo Brand


'One of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century' Margaret Drabble


'The book of the twentieth century' Ben Pimlott

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ISBN: 9788193545836
Publication date: 01/12/2017
Publisher: General Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9788193545836
Publication date: 1st December 2017
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: General Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 246 pages
Genres: Classics, Dystopian Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel, Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals. Down and Out in ...

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