Nineteen Eighty-four

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Penguin Books, 2012 - London (England) - 383 pages
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Ever since its publication in 1948, George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian regime where Big Brother controls its citizens like 'a boot stamping on a human face' has become a touchstone for human freedom, and one of the most widely-read books in the world. In this new annotated edition Orwell's biographer D. J. Taylor elucidates the full meaning of this timeless satire, explaining contemporary references in the novel, placing it in the context of Orwell's life, elaborating on his extraordinary use of language and explaining the terms such as Newspeak, Doublethink and Room 101 that have become familiar phrases today. This is the essential edition of the essential book of modern times. Annotated and with an Introduction by D. J. Taylor 'The book of the twentieth century . . . haunts us with an ever-darker relevance.' Independent'The greatest writer of the twentieth century.' Observer

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A classic that WAS sci-fi at one point, but has become a reality - a must read! We find Big Brother everywhere and suspect we might have empowered him... Read full review

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After reading this book, I was seized with fear. I think this story is more horrible than any other horror novels. I took long time to read this book. But it is valuable! At first, I could not ... Read full review

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George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of some of the most celebrated works of non-fiction and fiction in the English language

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