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  • George Orwell

    George Orwell - Animal Farm Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm is an irresponsible, careless farmer who enjoys the alcohol a little too much and whose animals suffer from his neglect. One day they are fed up and, following the ideals of animalism, they drive the humans, who live at the expense of the hard working animals, off the farm. At last, animals can build a free and just society in which the fruits of their labor belong entirely to them and in which everyone is equal. Since the new order is threatened by enemies and traitors, a rigorous crackdown is being taken against them, and in order to preserve the young paradise, an appropriate administrative apparatus is needed, and of course not...read more

  • George Orwell

    Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. 'Why I Write' describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay 'Politics and the English Language' insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984. Other essays focus on Gandhi (he 'disinfected the political air'), Dickens ('no novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child's point of view'), Kipling ('a jingo imperialist'), Henry Miller (who told...read more

  • George Orwell

    'The emotional urges which are inescapable, and are perhaps even necessary to political action, should be able to exist side by side with an acceptance of reality.' 'Politics and the English Language' is widely considered one of Orwell's most important essays. Within this essay, Orwell criticises the 'ugly and inaccurate' written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language. The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, 'is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.' Bad English, he believed, was a vehicle for oppressive...read more

  • George Orwell

    George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. The animals of Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society where justice and equality reign, the animals of Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, establishing the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, “All Animals Are Created Equal.” Out of their cleverness, the pigs—Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball—emerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the...read more

  • George Orwell

    War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we're talking propaganda, the fabrication of "truth", the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war... and of course, thought crime. No we're not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater's adaptation of George Orwell's 1984. This production originally aired on August 27, 1949, but is available today for your listening enjoyment. This is the very first adaptation of 1984 and it stars David...read more

  • George Orwell

    'Nationalismus ist untrennbar mit dem Streben nach Macht verbunden', aber nicht mit Patriotismus gleichzusetzen, so George Orwell in diesem kontroversen Essay. Was kennzeichnet nationalistisches Denken? Unter anderem der besessene Glaube an die eigene Überlegenheit und der Unwille, sein Handeln an realen Fakten auszurichten. Geschrieben 1945 und noch nie auf Deutsch erschienen, ist 'Über Nationalismus' eine höchst zeitgemäße Lektüre und ein Plädoyer gegen den...read more

  • George Orwell

    George Orwell es uno de los principales autores del siglo XX. Además de sus famosas obras de ficción, escribió innumerables ensayos de carácter político, filosófico e incluso ambiental. En esta edición hemos seleccionado cinco ensayos que corresponden de alguna manera a una evolución existencial en el autor, mostrando sus sueños de realizarse como hombre, desde niño, en la literatura y también en la búsqueda de la verdad. ENGLISH ...read more

  • George Orwell

    Here's the brilliantl BBC radio version of George Orwell's 1984 circa 1965 Starring Patrick Troughton as Winston Smith. Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes...read more

  • George Orwell

    'Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed for ever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.' Winston Smith works in the Ministry of Truth — or Minitrue as it is called in Newspeak — altering newspapers and reports to follow the arbitrary dictates of Big Brother’s propaganda. Beneath his outward conformity, Winston dreams of sharing his treasonable thoughts, breaking ’the locked loneliness in which one had to live’. And so he takes his first dangerous steps — writing a diary of his doubts and then falling in love with a woman of the Party, the beautiful and brave Julia. They know their love is...read more

  • George Orwell

    George Orwell (1903-1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. Considered a classic of dystopian fiction, ‘1984’ has contributed many terms to common usage, including Big Brother, doublethink, newspeak and thoughtcrime, while the adjective 'Orwellian' has entered the English language in the context of government deception, surveillance, and misleading terminology. The narrative unfolds in an imagined future when most of the world has fallen prey to omnipresent government surveillance, propaganda and endless war. In the novel ‘1984’, the protagonist Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a state where the Party scrutinizes every human action with Big...read more

  • George Orwell

    Animal Farm, a fairy story, is a short novel by George Orwell. It describes a farm where animals revolt, take over and drive out men. It is an apologue written in the form of an animal fable, but also a dystopia. In this novel, Orwell offers a satire of the Russian Revolution and a critique of the Soviet regime, particularly Stalinism, and beyond that, authoritarian regimes and totalitarianism. The book was named one of the 100 best English-language novels written from 1923 to 2005 by Time...read more

  • George Orwell

    Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever... Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thought crimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can't escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from...read more

  • George Orwell

    O clássico atemporal de George Orwell é uma das obras icônicas da literatura inglesa. Com inspiração no contexto histórico-político da Revolução, é uma inteligente e dinâmica alegoria, cuja ironia e fortes críticas mostram o discurso político e como ele é usado para persuadir e oprimir as classes sociais não...read more

  • George Orwell

    Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a penniless man living in Paris in the early 1930s. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only. A socialist who believed that the lower classes were the wellspring of world reform, Orwell actually went to live among them in England and on the continent. His novel draws on his experiences of this world, from the bottom of the echelon in the kitchens of posh French...read more

  • George Orwell

    When Orwell went to the north of England in the thirties to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experience. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year. And he knew the unemployed, those who had been out of work for so long they had sunk beyond despair into an inhuman apathy. In his searing yet beautiful account of life on the bottom rung, Orwell asks himself why...read more

  • George Orwell

    'What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.' In this essay, Orwell describes his personal journey to becoming a writer and offers some important motives for writing. Moving from his experience of writing his first completed poems to trying his hand at short stories, to finding fame as a fully-fledged writer, Orwell discusses the importance of writing, his continuous technique, and sets out some important motives for becoming a writer...read more

  • George Orwell

    Down and Out in Paris and London was Orwell’s first published full length work and is a heartfelt insight into often forgotten members of our society. From the impoverished districts of Paris to the streets of London, Orwell recounts his experiences on the bottom rung in some of Paris’ most famous kitchens, his time on the streets of London with a colourful cast of characters, and offers biting social commentary on everything from accommodation and privilege to diet and language. Part memoir, part social commentary, Down and Out in Paris and London is a sobering analysis of poverty and society in two of the world’s wealthiest...read more

  • George Orwell

    'The general uncertainty as to what is really happening makes it easier to cling to lunatic beliefs.' A biting state of the nation essay which reflects on patriotism, prejudice, and power. In this essay, Orwell discusses the notion of nationalism and argues that it causes people to disregard common sense and become more ignorant towards factuality. Orwell shows his concern for the social state of Europe, and in a broader sense, the entire world, due to an increasing amount of influence of nationalistic sentiment occurring throughout a large number of...read more

  • George Orwell

    Brought to you by Penguin. 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal. (P) Penguin Audio...read more

  • George Orwell

    Brought to you by Penguin. 'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others' When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. (P) Penguin Audio...read more