Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25

June 25 is the birthdate of George Orwell, nom de plume of Eric Blair. Pictured is the book cover of an edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949), which, along with Orwell's Animal Farm, was one of the best-selling books of the 20th century. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian, satirical novel set in Oceania, where society is tyrannized by The Party and its totalitarian ideology. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, works for the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line.

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