George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity. “Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—The New Yorker In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.
George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century, making famous Big Brother, newspeak and Room 101. 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'
Am 8. Mai 1983 wird Carl Djerassi von der Liebe seines Lebens, Diane Middlebrook, verlassen. Der Naturwissenschaftler und "Vater der Pille" macht sich an ein für ihn neuartiges Experiment: Gekränkt und unglücklich nimmt er Rache in Form einer "poetischen Vulkaneruption". Er beginnt, Gedichte zu schreiben, die in jeder Hinsicht offen sind - zum einen, weil sie einen höchst persönlichen und intimen Einblick in die Gefühlswelt Djerassis erlauben, zum anderen, weil sie formal frei gestaltet sind. Dieser Gedichtband ist das lyrische Tagebuch eines Mannes, der voll Zorn und Selbstmitleid, aber auch mit schonungsloser Ehrlichkeit das Ende seiner Beziehung betrauert, bis Diane 1984 zu ihm zurückkehrt und ihn wenig später heiratet. Erst mehrere Jahre nach ihrem Tod 2007 hat sich Djerassi abermals mit diesen Gedichten beschäftigt und sie überarbeitet. Das Zusammenspiel seiner beiden Lebenssprachen eröffnet neue Blickwinkel auf den Wissenschaftler, den Kunstkenner und vor allem auf den Menschen Carl Djerassi. On May 8th 1983, Carl Djerassi was left by the love of his life, the biographer Diane Middlebrook. The scientist, sometimes called the "Father of the Pill", embarks on a totally new experiment: Wounded and despondent, he takes revenge in the form of a "poetic volcanic eruption." He starts writing brutally open poems in free verse which allow a deeply personal and intimate insight into Djerassi's emotional world. This German-English poetry volume is the lyrical diary of a man, full of anger and self-pity, who grieves with unsparing honesty about the end of a relationship, until unexpectedly Diane Middlebrook returns to him in 1984 and becomes his wife. Only some years after her death in 2007 did Djerassi return again to these poems to revise and partly rewrite them. The bilingual interplay between his mother tongue and his adopted literary language provides a new perspective on the scientist, the art connoisseur and especially the persona of Carl Djerassi.
Release on 2012-06-21 | by George Orwell,Matthew Dunster
Author: George Orwell,Matthew Dunster
Pubpsher: Oberon Books
War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Winston Smith rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he’s handed a note that says simply ‘I love you’ by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in a search for the real truth. In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the proles ignorant but content, where a war without end is always fought and the government is always watching, can Winston possibly hold onto what he feels inside? Or will he renounce everything, accept the Party’s reality and learn to love Big Brother? ‘Dunster – both in his faithful take on the story and in his sometimes extreme but always enthralling adaptation – gets close to the heart of Orwell’s warning, pointing up but not overemphasising its current political resonances.... Newspeak, Doublethink, Room 101 and Thought Police take on a chilling reality in this compelling production.’ – The Independent
It is difficult now to recall the enormous impact that George Orwell's classic dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four, had on the psyche of the western world. Written by a dying man in the grimmest of circumstances, the novel was intended as both a warning against totalitarianism and the debasement of language, and as a reaction to Orwell's personal experiences with English socialism and World War II. Clearly, "1984" has turned out differently than Orwell depicted. Yet the power of the novel remains undiminished: it continues to scare and enlighten future generations of readers nearly a half century after its original publication. Well-known scholar Robert Plank provides a psychological examination of the roots of Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the curious parallels between the book and its antecedents, including the film Citizen Kane, the novels of Dostoevsky and Kafka, the philosophy of Whorf, Orwell's own life and works, and many other obvious and hidden influences. Complete with chronology, notes, bibliographies, and index.
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