1984by George Orwell
|List(s):||"Racine Library List"|
"Fiction - S. F./Fantasy"|
|Year of Publication:||1949|
|Notes:||In some bleak future world, a low-level government functionary named Winston Smith indulges in two unforgivable thought crimes — He has kept a diary and he has fallen in love with a woman named Julia. The novel highlights Western society’s failures and carries them to their ultimate, nightmarish extreme. |
COMMENTS — Intended as a warning about the menaces of totalitarianism. Many of Orwell’s coinages, such as “Newspeak” became bywords for modern political abuses.