ebook: 1984

Sprache - Englisch

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1984 is a political and dystopian science-fiction novel set in Airstrip One, a province of the superstate Oceania. It is a mind-numbing world which in a state of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. Dictated by a political system, called Ingsoc, the lives of its people are under the control of privileged elite of the "Inner Party" which persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thought crime." Due to the novel's huge popularity, many of its terms and concepts, such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949. It has also popularised the adjective "Orwellian", which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. Animal Farm is an allegorical novel which reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Old Major, the old boar on the Manor Farm, summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he refers to humans as "enemies" and teaches the animals a revolutionary song called "Beasts of England". When Major dies, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the Rebellion. The animal's revolt, driving the drunken, irresponsible farmer Mr Jones, as well as Mrs Jones and the other human caretakers and employees, off the farm, renaming it "Animal Farm". They adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which is, "All animals are equal"….

About the Author

Eric Arthur Blair, known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic, whose body of work has had a profound impact on modern political thought and the genre of dystopian fiction. Orwell was born on June 25, 1903, in Motihari, India, to a British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England, at Eton College, but eschewed university, instead joining the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. His experiences there would later inform his writings on imperialism and oppression, notably in 'Burmese Days' (1934) and the essay 'Shooting an Elephant' (1936).

Orwell's literary style is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. His time fighting in the Spanish Civil War and witness to the duplicity of political rhetoric was encapsulated in 'Homage to Catalonia' (1938). Orwell's most celebrated work, '1984' (1949), is a prescient novel about a future totalitarian state wherein individual freedom is almost entirely suppressed; it introduced terms such as 'Big Brother', 'Thought Police', and 'Newspeak' into common parlance. The book remains a significant work on the dangers of government overreach and the manipulation of truth. Orwell's writing continues to be relevant and widely studied, providing critical insight into the mechanics of power and the fragile nature of freedoms. He died on January 21, 1950, leaving behind a legacy of work that continues to influence discussions around liberty and authoritarian regimes.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 343 Pages

Filesize: 601.3 KB

ISBN: 8596547399414