Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
“Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?” his inquisitor asks Winston Smith, the hero of this novel and a citizen of Oceania, one of the three totalitarian superstates into which the world has been divided, whose political system is called Ingsoc (English Socialism). “It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.” Such in fact is Nineteen EightyFour: More’s Utopia stood on its head. The 16th-century Englishman’s ideal commonwealth of Nowhere has become the 20th-century Englishman’s totalitarian hell of Everywhere.
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