1984 [Nineteen Eighty-Four].: Translated from English. Preface by G. Gerasimov.
by Orwell, George
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Frist Russian edition of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four published in the USSR.
Rare Nomenklatura Samizdat.
The most talked-about book in the year 1984 was Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. Numerous articles tried to compare Orwell's fictional world with present day and beyond. The book had been translated into 65 languages, more than any other novel in English until then. The warnings of George Orwell were more than ever relevant, and the world order of 1984 resembled in some ways the world of the novel. First Russian edition of Orwell's dystopia, as anti-Soviet propaganda, appeared in Posev publishing house in Frankfurt am Main in 1957. It's considered that Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union was the model for the dark totalitarian society George Orwell portrayed in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The book was prohibited by communists, even the mentioning of it could cause troubles. However, the Samizdat books, home-printed illegal literature, flourished, despite all the danger of this business. No matter how hard the Soviets tried to ignore this dystopia, 1984 has come. This first Soviet edition of the novel is part of the special series. Such books, mostly translations, weren't intended to distribute through bookstores or libraries. They were sent out to Soviet authorities according to the special list (for each edition was compiled a new list). Each number in the list corresponds to the number on the cover. There is no information about the size of the publishing run. It was assumed that after reading every copy had to be returned. The translators names had never appeared on the title pages of these editions. It's interesting that according to the book preface the novel devoted to the military and economic might of the United States. The book was issued during the Soviet-Afghan War and Big Brother's slogan "War is Peace" was changed to "Nuclear Arms is Peace". Furthermore, for the Soviet authorities Nineteen Eighty-Four was just some weird tale about what world would have become, if the USSR had not won WWII. In the Soviet Union the novel was published officially in 1989 only after the fall of Glavlit's censorship system.
Pankov Yu. Special Assignment Literature. Most well-known books list. #8 // Pro Knigi. № 2 (18). 2011.
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell has become the definitive dystopian novel of the twentieth century. Originally published on June 8, 1949 by Secker and Warburg in the United Kingdom, the book follows the main character, Winston Smith, through his disillusionment with totalitarianism and a doomed struggle of resistance. George Orwell is a pen-name, Orwell's real name was Eric Blair. -
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