George Orwell’s famous Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published in 1949. This terrifying dystopia, which he created in a time of great social and political unrest, remains acutely relevant and influential to this day.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition features an introduction by writer and journalist Dorian Lynskey.
The year is 1984. The country is impoverished and permanently at war, people are watched day and night by Big Brother and their every action and thought is controlled by the Thought Police. Winston Smith works in the department of propaganda, where his job is to rewrite the past. Spurred by his longing to escape, Winston rebels. He breaks the law by falling in love with Julia, and, as part of the clandestine organization the Brotherhood, they attempt the unimaginable – to bring down the Party.
While it’s tempting to hold the present moment up beside Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty Four, the book is more than a political totem, and overlooking its profound expressions of emotion robs it of most of its real power.
Probably the definitive novel of the 20th century, a story that remains eternally fresh and contemporary, and whose terms such as ‘Big Brother’, ‘doublethink’ and ‘newspeak’ have become part of everyday currency, Nineteen Eighty-Four has been translated into more than 65 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide, giving George Orwell a unique place in world literature.
Robert McCrum, Guardian