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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 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Lynskey, Dorian

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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 Do...gs'. 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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ISBN 9781509890743
Released NZ 28 May 2019
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781509890743
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 28 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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: 152mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code 823.912
Weight 525g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text General/trade