Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984

Authors

  • Raymond Williams

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https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-036-07-1984-11_2

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Abstract

It was never at all likely that any actual society, in 1984, would much resemble the hellhole of Orwell's novel. He was in any case not making that kind of prediction: "I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe (allowing of course for the fact that the book is a satire) that something resembling it could arrive." (Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters, IV, p. 502) The qualification is important. He had written earlier: "This is a novel about the future—that is, it is in a sense a fantasy, but in the form of a naturalistic novel. That is what makes it a difficult job—of course as a book of anticipations it would be comparatively simple to write." (Ibid., pp. 329-30)

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1984-12-02

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