Only when you read its very last paragraph, you’ll appreciate the true scale of this novel. It is as audacious, as confidently grand as the Ode to Joy of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
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People seem to love booklists. Whenever a longlist or shortlist for a literary prize has been published, newspapers and blogs start buzzing with gossip and book sales jump up. It works this way for the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Prix Goncourt, etc. We love lists. Reading lists for instance: what was the […]
The last day before they go on holiday (one month) the American Congress voted the law on eavesdropping. The New York Times reports: Under pressure from President Bush, the House gave final approval Saturday to changes in a terrorism surveillance program, despite serious objections from many Democrats about the scope of the executive branch’s new […]
This book by the reverend (not in the religious sence) Noam Chomsky looks like an exercise to present real life examples for George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is all there: the superpower eternally at war with varying enemies, the cheating and lying by the government, the propaganda, the rewriting of history. Chomsky argues that the […]
In 1946, George Orwell wrote: “What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.” (from Why I write). By that time he’d already written Homage to Catalonia and Animal Farm. His famous novel Nineteen eighty-four had yet to be written, but he was obviously […]