How George Orwell’s Life and Political Climate Led to His Dystopian Novel, 1984 – BBC



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“For years the question of Orwell’s intentions in Nineteen Eighty-Four has caused great debate.

With a few exceptions on the far left, every political tendency has wanted to claim him. So there has been a well-established and heartfelt desire on the more moderate left to claim that Orwell was indeed a genuine socialist whose warning was aimed at totalitarianism in general, not at the left per se.

The right, of course, have had the easier task of suggesting that Orwell was writing about what he appeared to be writing about. It seems to me that the right probably has the better argument.”


Article from BBC detailing George Owell’s life and how the geopolitical environment in which he lived and influenced his well-known novel, 1984.


  • David Aaronovitch


  • 1984: George Orwell’s road to dystopia


  • BBC


  • February 8th, 2013


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