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Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

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ISBN 9780679417392
Published 1 September 1998 by Random House
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Orwell, George
Series Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
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ISBN-13 9780679417392
ISBN-10 0679417397
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Random House
Imprint Everyman's Library USA
Publication Date 1 September 1998
International Publication Date 3 November 1992
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Orwell, George
Series Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Award Winning Adult's Titles
Number of Pages 325
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 476g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress London (England), Political fiction, Dystopias, Totalitarianism, Totalitarianism - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 211077

Description of this Book

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Nineteen Eighty-Four revealed George Orwell as one of the twentieth century's greatest mythmakers. While the totalitarian system that provoked him into writing it has since passed into oblivion, his harrowing cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate: its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade. In Winston Smith's desperate struggle to free himself from an all-encompassing, malevolent state, Orwell zeroed in on tendencies apparent in every modern society, and made vivid the universal predicament of the individual.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003 -- Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
NZ Review Nineteen Eighty-Four is a remarkable book; as a virtuoso literary performance it has a sustained brilliance that has rarely been matched in other works of its genre...It is as timely as the label on a poison bottle. - New York Herald Tribune<br> <br> A profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book...Orwell's theory of power is developed brilliantly. - The New Yorker<br> <br> A book that goes through the reader like an east wind, cracking the skin...Such are the originality, the suspense, the speed of writing, and withering indignation that it is impossible to put the book down. -V. S. Pritchett <br> Orwell's novel escorts us so quietly, so directly, and so dramatically from our own day to the fate which may be ours in the future, that the experience is a blood-chilling one. - Saturday Review

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Author's Bio

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 many works of non-fiction and fiction.

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