On Nineteen Eighty-Four

The fascinating origins and complex legacy of George Orwell’s 1984 are chronicled in D.J. Taylor’s arresting new book.

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Review of ‘On Nineteen Eighty-Four’

Nineteen Eighty-Four became an instant bestseller when it was published 70 years ago at the beginning of the Cold War, and it has remained a perennial favorite, selling an estimated 40 million copies worldwide. Its title, of course, has become synonymous with totalitarianism, political doublespeak and the loss of individual rights and freedoms. In the…

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