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The author of the book: George Orwell
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Date of issue: August 2014
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George Orwell’s brilliant novel 1984 is a haunting vision of the future, and a harsh denunciation of totalitarian governments. The book that introduced the terms “Big Brother” and “newspeak” depicts a world at perpetual war, where the individual is enslaved to a state claiming to act only for the greater good. 1984 is a masterful dystopian work, as relevant today as it was when it first published in 1949.
Animal Farm is Orwell’s allegorical criticism of communism, with its famous line, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The book reflects the events that led to the 1917 Russian Revolution, which ushered in communism, and then onto the Stalin era in the Soviet Union. Orwell brilliantly shows how idealism can be perverted to suit those who seek power for themselves.
Together, these two remarkable books show the concerns of Orwell’s day, and provide a warning for future generations.
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Read information about the authorEric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1937. Orwell was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat. Later the organization that he had joined when he joined the Republican cause,The Workers Party of Marxist Unification (POUM), was painted by the pro-Soviet Communists as a Trotskyist organization (Trotsky was Joseph Stalin's enemy) and disbanded. Orwell and his wife were accused of "rabid Trotskyism" and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in 1938. However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England.
Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left-wing magazine. He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet and writer of fiction, and, considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture.
Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945) — they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, are widely acclaimed.
Orwell's influence on contemporary culture, popular and political, continues decades after his death. Several of his neologisms, along with the term "Orwellian" — now a byword for any oppressive or manipulative social phenomenon opposed to a free society — have entered the vernacular.
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