“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
1984 revolves around the concept of omnipresent government surveillance, where Big Brother controls the society in the super-state, Oceania. Every aspect of life is closely monitored, every trace of privacy is rubbed off and the slightest hint of personal freedom or rebellion is ruthlessly quashed by the ‘thought police’.
Amidst these, a minor party official, Winston commits ‘thoughtcrimes’, follows his instincts, and lands in the most dreadful Room 101 where resides every man’s ultimate horror! The novel takes the readers to a world where “the object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”.
Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and forthright support of democratic socialism. Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for his dystopian novel 1984 (published in 1949).