New York: Harcourt Brace, 1949. First American Edition. 8vo. 314 pp. Tan cloth with black & red lettering in publisher's red printed dustjacket. Minor spotting to upper page edges else fine in fine dustjacket (tiny closed tear to upper front edge). Item #21048
Orwell's dystopian social science fiction novel and cautionary tale - his ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. Thematically, it centres on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance and repressive regimentation of people and behaviours within society. Orwell, a democratic socialist, modelled the totalitarian government in the novel after Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany. More broadly, the novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated.