Autor: ORWELL, GEORGE Editora: COMPANHIA DAS LETRAS Ano: 2009 1ª Edição 416 páginas
Winston, herói de 1984, último romance de George Orwell, vive aprisionado na engrenagem totalitária de uma sociedade completamente dominada pelo Estado, onde tudo é feito coletivamente, mas cada qual vive sozinho. Ninguém escapa à vigilância do Grande Irmão, a mais famosa personificação literária de um poder cínico e cruel ao infinito, além de vazio de sentido histórico. De fato, a ideologia do Partido dominante em Oceânia não visa nada de coisa alguma para ninguém, no presente ou no futuro. O’Brien, hierarca do Partido, é quem explica a Winston que 'só nos interessa o poder em si. Nem riqueza, nem luxo, nem vida longa, nem felicidade - só o poder pelo poder, poder puro.' ***
Sobre o autor:
George Orwell worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals in England. Down and Out in Paris and London was published in 1933. In 1936 he was commissioned by Victor Gollancz to visit areas of mass unemployment in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) is a powerful description of the poverty he saw there. At the end of 1936 Orwell went to Spain to fight for the Republicans and was wounded. Homage to Catalonia is his account of the civil war. He was admitted to a sanatorium in 1938 and from then on was never fully fit. He spent six months in Morocco and there wrote Coming Up for Air. During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard and worked for the BBC Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943. As literary editor of the Tribune he contributed a regular page of political and literary commentary, and he also wrote for the Observer and later for the Manchester Evening News. His unique political allegory, Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame.