• 1984

1984

Orwell's final novel, 1984, is the story of one man's struggle against the ubiquitous, menacing state power (Big Brother) that tries to dictate nearly every aspect of human life. The novel is a classic in anti-utopian fiction, and a trenchant political satire that remains as relevant today as when it was first published. First appeared in 1949, this novel seemed like a nightmarish vision of the future in a totalitarian world. Playing on the public's worst fears about governmental control, different readings saw the former Soviet Union as the object of satire, while others focused on increasingly powerful democratic governments.