Surge of Sales for Dystopia Forces Penguin to Reprint Orwell’s 1984

By January 25, 2017Literature, News, Political, Political

75,000 New Copies to be Printed

Penguin, the publisher of classic dystopian novel 1984 has ordered a 75,000 copy reprint of the book this week in demand of a surge in sales since President Trump’s inauguration. 1984 has been long compared with political movements, but in the world of alternative facts, it seems commentators believe we have finally descended in a world of ‘newspeak’ and sales of the novel are the highest for years and it’s the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon right now.

In the novel it’s believed that he who controls the future controls the present and by changing the facts of the past using ‘newspeak’ ‘doublespeak’ and propaganda, you take power on the present and the future. Amazon reviewers have been keen to point out that terms like post-truth, alternative facts and alt-right have a definite Orwellian theme to them, new words for new truths, or as they called them in the old days, lies.

Across the Internet commentators are drawing parallels between the Orwell novel and the current US political situation with Internet propaganda and alternative news sites being compared to the Ministry of Truth and the Daily Hate. Today a BBC radio presenter today even compared Trump’s Twitter diatribe to the telescreens spewing out nonsense and propaganda in the novel.

Here’s a taste of Twitter today:



 

While in the past parallels have been drawn to 1984 during times of political instability, it’s never forced an urgent reprint of the novel. Thank goodness our governments don’t ban books… Yet (We have always banned books, and we’ve always been at war with Eastasia)

Joining 1984 in the bestseller list is Huxley’s Brave New World, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and It Can’t Happen Here, and if you haven’t read them all, you should do so anyway, whatever the political climate!

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2 Comments

  • One of You says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I can only hope that people read these books and realize that this is what we’re heading for in the United States in 2017. I fear we may wind up not like Nazi Germany, but like North Korea with its isolationism. I want to live in a world of truth, not in a fantasy world concocted by the US government.

  • Apul says:

    Seriously that’s absurd.

    Sad that people have ignored the Orwellian reality we’ve been living in since 9/11

    – continuous war
    – panopticon surveillance
    – torture
    – persecution of whistle blowers
    – suspension of habeas corpus
    – “news” outlets that are willing propaganda machines

    Yeah but now that Trump is President people are all concerned. Very sad.

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