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The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984

The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984 (Hardback)

By Lynskey, Dorian

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In The Lie Becomes the Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, a perennial bestseller, and a work that remains more relevant than ever in today's tumultuous world.

ISBN 9781509890736
Barcode 9781509890736
Published 13 June 2019 by Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781509890736
ISBN-10 1509890734
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication Date 13 June 2019
International Publication Date 30 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Lynskey, Dorian
Category Literary Studies: From C 1900 -
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Social Issues
Political Ideologies
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 39mm
Weight 530g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.912
Catalogue Code 1001849

Description of this Book

Everybody knows George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, even if they haven't read it, or haven't read it since their teenage years. It is one of the most influential novels ever written, informing works as diverse as The Handmaid's Tale, V for Vendetta and David Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs'. Reading Nineteen Eighty-Four offers us a key to understanding the 20th Century - and what we're witnessing in this century too. Every year we find ourselves continually reaching for the novel's key phrases and images: Big Brother, Room 101, The Thought Police, Doublethink, Newspeak, 2+2=5. Whenever we talk about authoritarianism, surveillance, propaganda, revisionism or post-truth, it is Orwell who set us the broadest context for the conversation. This is the biography of a novel, but it is a story much bigger than Orwell's alone. It takes in HG Wells, Jack London, EM Forster, Fritz Lang, Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Aldous Huxley, Steve Jobs, Edward Snowden, Thomas Pynchon, Radiohead and The Lego Movie. It involves Victorian socialism, the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, the birth of science fiction, the launch of the Apple Macintosh, the 1970s oil shock, reality TV and internet hackers. The Lie Becomes the Truth by Dorian Lynskey is the first book to treat Nineteen Eighty-Four as a ubiquitous cultural touchstone rather than as an academic text.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Ministry of Truth is the best book I have read in a long time. Fizzing with ideas yet superbly readable, it takes us though Orwell's life and the development of twentieth-century utopias and dystopias, to the long afterlife of Orwell's greatest work, read and misread during the Cold War as simple anti-communist propaganda, then in the 1980s as a failed prophecy, before finally and frighteningly showing it as a warning for our own age. When today 1984 is scrubbed from the internet in China, Russia weaponises lies on social media, and in the West a Trump adviser talks of alternative facts on his Inauguration Day, Lynskey's book is both a warning and an exhortation for us all to be stubborn as Orwell was with facts, and like Winston Smith to cling to the belief that 2+2=4. -- C. J. Sansom Everything you wanted to know about 1984 but were too busy misusing the word -Orwellian- to ask. -- Caitlin Moran
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Dorian Lynskey has been writing about music, film and politics for over 20 years for a huge number of titles, from the Guardian to Rolling Stone. His first book, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History Of Protest Song, was published in the UK by Faber & Faber and by Ecco/HarperCollins in the States.

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