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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell: A Reflection

David Blackwell. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

David Blackwell. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Today is the 65th anniversary of George Orwell’s (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) dematerialization. C_D

Robert McCrum writes at The Guardian:

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Time is out of joint, and everyday life has no comfort any more: from Down and Out in Paris and London (1933) to Animal Farm (1945), George Orwell had been incubating a profound inner dissonance with his society. Even as a child, he had been fascinated by the futuristic imagination of HG Wells (and later, Aldous Huxley). Finally, at the end of his short life, he fulfilled his dream. Nineteen Eighty-Four, arguably the most famous English novel of the 20th century, is a zeitgeist book. Orwell’s dystopian vision was deeply rooted both in its author’s political morality, and in its time, the postwar years of western Europe.

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