The year 1984 has come and gone, but the nightmarish vision of the world George Orwell foresaw in 1948 remains ever looming, as civil liberties are still curtailed in the name of state security and public opinions are formed based on deliberate misinformation. In a city that might once have been London, in the superpower of Oceania, party bureaucrat Winston Smith attempts to evade the numbing control of the totalitarian government by keeping a journal and entering into an illegal romantic affair. This edition includes psychologist Erich Fromm's 1961 afterword, which unpacks some of the significant structures of this dystopia and explores such Orwellian concepts as "doublethink."
"A remarkable book; as a virtuoso literary performance it has a sustained brilliance that has rarely been matched in other works of its genre.... It is as timely as the label on a poison bottle."—New York Herald Tribune