With the phrase “alternative facts” bouncing around in the media, George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has again been surging to the top of many best seller lists. With Oxford Dictionaries naming “post-truth” its 2016 international word of the year, 1984 appropriately depicts a post-truth society in which “doublethink” — unwavering loyalty to two contradictory ideas at the same time — is mandated by the ruling party.
Today we encourage you to pick up a copy of 1984 and give it a read.
From the publisher:
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
You can find a copy of 1984 in our catalog, along with other dystopian and anti-authoritarian novels like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.