British writer George Orwell’s dystopian horror story 1984
(first published in 1949) has recently found its way back onto the best-seller lists
again. Orwell’s signature novel remains a germane cautionary tale about authoritarian societies, organized around propaganda, fear, control, surveillance, and “groupthink”. Orwell drew inspiration from both the pre-WW2 fascism of Germany and Italy and the widespread crackdown on dissent during Stalin’s reign as dictator of the Soviet Union. The British actor John Hurt, who played the main character Winston Smith in the movie adaptation passed away from cancer last week.