Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four
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D ecember A man sits at a typewriter, in bed, on a remote island, fighting to complete the book that means more to him than any other. He is terribly ill. The book will be finished and, a year or so later, so will the man. January
The 100 best novels: No 70 – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)
Thanks to George Orwell, promises to be a good year for those of us who pay for the groceries by teaching literature. Nineteen Eighty-Four still lives close to the centre of our society and its culture, as the last few months of bombardment, from beer adverts to sensitive profiles on BBC2, will have reminded everyone. For example: central to my own move out of a sort of Oxfam liberalism towards socialist ideas was being caught up the cruder processes of imperialism in Nigeria in the s, but a small, important part of that move too was reading and being inflamed by Homage to Catalonia.
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. Its themes the threat of the totalitarian state, censorship and the manipulation of language continue to reverberate, with prophetic menace, like distant gunfire, into the present.