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- Description'It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.' This is the opening sentence of the most influential vel of the twentieth century, in English or in any of the sixty or more other languages which boast a translation. Nineteen Eighty-Four has been described as chilling, absorbing, satirical, momentous, prophetic and terrifying. It is all these things, and more. Not only does the vel have a ferocious impact, it has also made an irreplaceable contribution to the language - Newspeak, Thought Police, Unperson and Doublethink are just a few of the concepts it introduced. Nineteen Eighty-Four proved to be Orwell's last book - the physical effort of typing up the final draft leading to his eventual collapse from the TB that had dogged his later years. He lived long eugh to see it become an immediate bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. This edition, with an introduction by the distinguished velist Robert Harris, marks the sixtieth anniversary of this great work's publication.
- Author BiographyGeorge Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of many works of non-fiction and fiction.
- Author(s)George Orwell
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication02/07/2009
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHarvill Secker
- Weight549 g
- Width144 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine32 mm
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