Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell – 1949 – 65 – English

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

Original language: English

Translation(s): 65 languages

Context: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) is a translated novel by George Orwell. In the novel the author George Orwell a political satirist, offers a nightmarish vision of a bureaucratic, totalitarian world and the inadequate attempt of a stiff in search of individuality.

Synopsis: The author George Orwell’s foresight of language distortion and modern day life, the omnipresence of television and his ability to create a thorough version of hell makes Nineteen Eighteen-Four a brilliant novel indeed. The novel can be categorized as one of the most terrifying ones, written ever.

The novel is a warning against totalitarianism. Readers are sure to be impacted by the chilling dystopia. Ideas of the author make an unachievable entry into mainstream culture, through the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

It was after Stalinism and Nazism, the twin perils that Orwell presented the novel as a warning. It presents how an eye is kept on people each and every second of the day, a state where people are tortured for having the courage to think differently and where free thoughts and speech are surpassed by party propaganda. In other words the novel reminds evils of unaccountable governments, in a very sober way.

The novel is set in Oceania one of the 3 besides Eastasia and Eurasia, continuously totalitarian warring states. The all-controlling Party rules Oceania and brainwashed the citizens into unthinking compliance to Big Brother, its leader. The Newspeak language introduced by the Party encourages doctrines of the Party and restricts free thought.

Other works by the Author:

1934 – Burmese Days

1935 – A Clergyman’s Daughter

1936 – Keep the Aspidistra Flying

1939 – Coming Up for Air

1945 – Animal Farm


1933 – Down and Out in Paris and London

1937 – The Road to Wigan Pier

1938 – Homage to Catalonia

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