“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
The year is 1984 and war and revolution have left the world unrecognisable. Great Britain, now known as Airstrip One, is ruled by the Party, led by Big Brother. Mass surveillance is everything and The Thought Police are employed to ensure that no individual thinking is allowed. Winston Smith works at The Ministry of Truth, carefully rewriting history, but he dreams of freedom and of rebellion. It is here that he meets and falls in love with Julia. They start a secret, forbidden affair - but nothing can be kept secret, and they are forced to face consequences more terrifying than either of them could have ever imagined.
A DYSTOPIAN MASTERPIECE, NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR IS THE POWERFUL AND PROPHETIC NOVEL THAT DEFINED THE 20TH CENTURY.
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Individual liberty. Society. Technology. Political liberty. Revolution. The importance of free speech. Orwell’s ambition to create a fairer and more egalitarian society is essential inspiration as we strive for freedom and equality in today’s world. Here are 12 important quotes from the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, taken from the ultimate anthology on liberty: Orwell on Freedom.