1984 by George OrwellAlternate cover edition of ASIN B003JTHWKU
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Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwells nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiffs attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwells prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.
Michael Radford, ORWELL 1984
George Orwell made no secret of the fact that his novel was not really about the future but about the very time he wrote it in, the bleak years after World War II when England shivered in poverty and hunger. In a novel where passion is depicted as a crime, the greatest passion is expressed, not for sex, but for contraband strawberry jam, coffee, and chocolate. What Orwell feared, when he wrote his novel in , was that Hitlerism, Stalinism, centralism, and conformity would catch hold and turn the world into a totalitarian prison camp. It is hard, looking around the globe, to say that he was altogether wrong. Michael Radford's brilliant film of Orwell's vision does a good job of finding that line between the "future" world of and the grim postwar world in which Orwell wrote.
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Winston Smith John Hurt is 39, but he has the skinny, wizened look of a perpetually chilled, undernourished child, whose face is that of an old man. He lives alone in a drab one- room flat furnished with a cot, a table and a chair, all dominated by a giant television screen, which monitors him even as he is monitoring it. When he goes to work, dressed in the dark blue overalls that are the standard uniform for Oceania's women as well as men, he walks through rubble-filled streets, past huge posters filled with the enigmatic likeness of Oceania's beloved leader, Big Brother, who is always watching. Winston's life is not much different from that of any other citizen of this particular London. As a member of what is called the Outer Party, he works for the Government - run by the members of the Inner Party - in the Ministry of Truth, which, in the Newspeak vocabulary of Oceania, means lies. The ministry is devoted to the adjustment of history to conform to the party's latest policies.
Nineteen Eighty-Four , also known as , is a British dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Michael Radford , based upon George Orwell 's novel of the same name. Smith Hurt struggles to maintain his sanity and his grip on reality as the regime's overwhelming power and influence persecutes individualism and individual thinking on both a political and personal level. The film, which features Burton's last screen appearance, is dedicated to him. In a dystopian , Winston Smith endures a squalid existence in the totalitarian superstate of Oceania under the constant surveillance of the Thought Police. Smith resides in London , the capital city of the territory of Airstrip One , formerly England.