Allow me to assume, reader, that you're well versed in the present import of Orwell's 1949 classic. You've read the op-eds, drawn your conclusions, and you don't need any opining from me. The essentials, then: the stark cover design of this newly released hardcover edition (which retails for, yes, $19.84) leans brilliantly into the world Orwell created with Oceania. And that is, after all, one of the most astounding achievements of 1984; its universe so permeated our culture that it gave us new language, new boundaries, new ways of categorizing our fears. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. -Shawn— From Winter Gazette 2017
With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell's 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover edition.
"Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power."--The New Yorker
In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
Lionel Trilling said of Orwell's masterpiece "1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present." Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell's novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.