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1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four By George Orwell

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

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Summary

A dystopian masterpiece, 1984 is the powerful and prophetic novel that defined the twentieth century. This edition has a new, specially commissioned introduction by Alex Massie which recognises the importance that Barnhill, Orwell's home on the Island of Jura, had on the writing of this classic.

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Summary

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four: New Edition of the Twentieth Century's Dystopian Masterpiece by George Orwell

THE JURA EDITION with new introduction by Alex Massie

'For him Jura was home' - Richard Blair on his father George Orwell

'The book of the twentieth century . . . haunts us with an ever-darker relevance' - Ben Pimlott, Independent

'The greatest British novel to have been written since the war' - Time Out

'His final masterpiece . . . enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history' - New York Review of Books

The year is 1984 and war and revolution have left the world unrecognisable. Great Britain, now known as Airstrip One, is ruled by the Party, led by Big Brother. Mass surveillance is everything and The Thought Police are employed to ensure that no individual thinking is allowed. Winston Smith works at The Ministry of Truth, carefully rewriting history, but he dreams of freedom and of rebellion.

It is here that he meets and falls in love with Julia. They start a secret, forbidden affair - but nothing can be kept secret, and they are forced to face consequences more terrifying than either of them could have ever imagined.

In this new edition of a modern classic, Alex Massie's introduction highlights the importance that Jura had on the writing of one of the twentieth century's most important works of fiction.

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Reviews

'Right up there among my favourite books ... I read it again and again'

-- Margaret Atwood

'More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of'

-- Jo Brand

'His final masterpiece. Enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history'

-- Timothy Garton Ash * New York Review of Books *

'One of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century'

-- Margaret Drabble

'The book of the twentieth century'

-- Ben Pimlott * Independent *

About George Orwell

George Orwell (1903-1950) is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world.

Alex Massie was educated at Glenalmond College in Perthshire and at Trinity College, Dublin. He is journalist and commentator and writes for The Times and The Spectator.

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NGR9781846975769
9781846975769
184697576X
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four: New Edition of the Twentieth Century's Dystopian Masterpiece by George Orwell
New
Paperback
Birlinn General
2021-01-14
400
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