Last year I read 1984 after we’d gotten back to Germany, in February. I was sick and feverish, and finished it in two nights. In the preface it said Orwell had lived through two world wars (he died shortly after the book was published, in 1950) and had been treated for psychological problems from the violence he’d been subjected to. There are rumors about why he chose the title of the book (was it a dark mirror to the year in which he wrote much of it, 1948?) but it doesn’t matter, it could be any year.
I was resolved to read more. I made a list of books, mainly classics. In a few months, I’d read Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, and Orwell’s: and of course they all have the similar theme of dystopia, a word like Orwell’s book that’s found renewed interest in recent times.
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