Année 1984 en Océanie. 1984? C'est en tout cas ce qu'il semble à Winston, qui ne saurait toutefois en jurer. Le passé a été réinventé, et les événements les plus récents sont susceptibles d'être modifiés. Winston est lui-même chargé de récrire les archives qui contredisent le présent et les promesses de Big Brother. Grâce à une technologie de pointe, ce dernier sait tout, voit tout. Liberté est Servitude. Ignorance est Puissance. Telles sont les devises du régime. Pourtant Winston refuse de perdre espoir. Avec l'insoumise Julia, ils vont tenter d'intégrer la Fraternité, une organisation ayant pour but de renverser Big Brother. Mais celui-ci veille...
Un jour de juin eut lieu en Angleterre la révolte des animaux. Les cochons dirigent le nouveau régime. Boule-de-Neige et Napoléon, cochons en chef, affichent un règlement : "Tout ce qui marche sur deux pieds est un ennemi. Tout ce qui marche sur quatre pattes, ou possède des ailes, est un ami. Nul animal ne portera de vêtements. Nul animal ne dormira dans un lit. Nul animal ne boira d'alcool. Nul animal ne tuera un autre animal. Tous les animaux sont égaux."
Le temps passe. La pluie efface les commandements. L'âne, un cynique, arrive encore à déchiffrer : "Tous les animaux sont égaux, mais certains animaux sont plus égaux que d'autres."
Il était une fois un monde où la liberté n'existait pas, où chacun était sous le contrôle de tous, et surtout d'un seul : le Grand Frère.
Il était une fois un monde où la vérité répondait aux intérêts de quelques-uns. Où le passé était réécrit selon les besoins du présent. Où le principe de non-contradiction n'avait plus cours. Ce qui était faux hier est vrai aujourd'hui. 2 + 2 = 5.
Dans ce monde, ni nos rêves ni nos désirs ne nous appartiennent plus. ' Ils ne peuvent pas entrer dans notre tête ', se dit le héros. L'histoire montera que si, ils le peuvent.
Mil neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre est le récit de la résistance d'un homme ordinaire face à une machine de mort indestructible. Paru en 1949, le roman est une satire des totalitarismes, déguisée en une farce tragique, d'une glaçante actualité. Par son pouvoir de prémonition, Mil neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre est de ces chefs-d'oeuvre qui nous marquent à jamais.
Orwell, penseur visionnaire, engagé, lucide, voulait élever l'essai politique au rang d'une oeuvre d'art. La preuve ici, en huit textes limpides, directs, précis ("Notes sur le nationalisme", "L'asile de nuit", "Une pendaison", "Comment j'ai tué un éléphant", "Une conviction", "Retour sur la guerre d'Espagne", "La bombe atomique et vous", et "Pourquoi j'écris"), où l'auteur de La Ferme des animaux et du Quai de Wigan fait passer les faits avant l'idéologie et montre que pour comprendre, il faut ressentir. Porté par une haute exigence morale, Orwell nous aide à retrouver l'esprit critique, à lutter contre les totalitarismes, à penser une époque guerrière, la nôtre, tissée de faits alternatifs et de fake news, de libertés à la dérive, de replis et d'horizons étriqués. Lire ses textes, c'est rouvrir les yeux sur le monde tel qu'il est et décider de se battre pour des causes qui soient justes.
Plongez en VO dans ce chef-d'oeuvre absolu. Pour vous aider, des traductions en marge vous permettront de bien comprendre le texte original. Ce texte en VO fait partie des lectures imposées pour les classes de Première dans le cadre du nouveau bac 2020. Retrouvez Sage l'Ancien, vieux cochon que tous les animaux de la ferme respectent, et son rêve d'un monde nouveau, plus égal et plus juste, débarrassé de Mr. Jones, le fermier incompétent. Découvrez cette fable politique à l'humour grinçant : assistez au soulèvement des animaux, à l'instauration de leur république fondée sur l'égalité, et aux vicissitudes qu'ils vont rencontrer...
In these timeless and witty essays George Orwell explores the English love of reading about a good murder in the papers (and laments the passing of the heyday of the 'perfect' murder involving class, sex and poisoning), as well as unfolding his trenchant views on everything from boys' weeklies to naughty seaside postcards.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.' George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time among the desperately poor and destitute in London and Paris is a moving tour of the underworld of society. Here he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses, working as a dishwasher in the vile 'Hôtel X', living alongside tramps, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts - in an unforgettable account of what being down and out is really like.Includes an introduction by Dervla Murphy, as well as definitive footnotes assigned to Orwell.
Contains the complete novels of George Orwell: Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Coming up for Air, Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Nineteen Eighty-Four.Includes explanatory notes on the etymology of the language 'Newspeak'.
'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong-and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote George Orwell for the first edition of ANIMAL FARM in 1945. His simple and tragicfable, telling of what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world-famous classic of English prose.
'Surely the most important fictional satire to be written in twentieth-century Britain' Malcolm BradburyIncludes Orwell's proposed preface that was discovered years after the first edition had been published, as well as his unique preface for the Ukrainian edition. Also contains explanatory footnotes.
This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.
A National Review Top Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Century /> /> “One of Orwell’s very best books and perhaps the best book that exists on the Spanish Civil War.”--The New Yorker /> /> In 1936, originally intending merely to report on the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, George Orwell found himself embroiled as a participant--as a member of the Workers’ Party of Marxist Unity. Fighting against the Fascists, he described in painfully vivid and occasionally comic detail life in the trenches--with a “democratic army” composed of men with no ranks, no titles, and often no weapons--and his near fatal wounding. As the politics became tangled, Orwell was pulled into a heartbreaking conflict between his own personal ideals and the complicated realities of political power struggles. /> /> Considered one of the finest works by a man V. S. Pritchett called “the wintry conscience of a generation,” Homage to Catalonia is both Orwell’s memoir of his experiences at the front and his tribute to those who died in what he called a fight for common decency. This edition features a new foreword by Adam Hochschild placing the war in greater context and discussing the evolution of Orwell’s views on the Spanish Civil War. /> /> “No one except George Orwell . . . made the violence and self-dramatization of Spain so burning and terrible.”-- Alfred Kazin, New York Times /> /> “A wise book, one that once read will never be forgotten.”--Chicago Sunday Tribune
Dorothy, the heroine of this novel, performs good works, cultivates good thoughts, and pricks her arm with a pin when a bad thought arises. She then has a series of unexpected and degrading adventures after becoming a victim of amnesia. Though she regains her life as a clergyman's daughter, she has lost her faith.
Years in insurance and marriage to the joyless Hilda have been no more than death in life to George Bowling. This and fear of another war take his mind back to the peace of his childhood in a small country town. But his return journey to Lower Binfield brings complete disillusionment.
Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.Contains an introduction by Thomas Pynchon, as well as an accompanying appendix and explanatory footnotes.
Shooting an Elephant' is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'. The other masterly essays in this collection include classics such as 'My Country Right or Left', 'How the Poor Die' and 'Such, Such were the Joys', his memoir of the horrors of public school, as well as discussions of Shakespeare, sleeping rough, boys' weeklies and a spirited defence of English cooking. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, all show Orwell's unique ability to get to the heart of any subject.
In the 1930s Orwell was sent by a socialist book club to investigate the appalling mass unemployment in the industrial north of England. He went beyond his assignment to investigate the employed as well-"to see the most typical section of the English working class." Foreword by Victor Gollancz.
These essays, reviews and articles illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and who elevated political writing to an art.
This is the essential edition of the essential book of modern times, 1984, now annotated for students with an introduction by D. J. Taylor.Ever since its publication in 1948, George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian regime where Big Brother controls its citizens like 'a boot stamping on a human face' has become a touchstone for human freedom, and one of the most widely-read books in the world. In this new annotated edition Orwell's biographer D. J. Taylor elucidates the full meaning of this timeless satire, explaining contemporary references in the novel, placing it in the context of Orwell's life, elaborating on his extraordinary use of language and explaining the terms such as Newspeak, Doublethink and Room 101 that have become familiar phrases today.
Orwell draws on his years of experience in India to tell this story of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen living in a settlement in Burma congregate in the European Club, drink whiskey, and argue over an impending order to admit a token Asian.
In this bestselling compilation of essays, written in the clear-eyed, uncompromising language for which he is famous, Orwell discusses with vigor such diverse subjects as his boyhood schooling, the Spanish Civil War, Henry Miller, British imperialism, and the profession of writing.
With extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity, George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life in this hardcover edition. /> /> “Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”--The New Yorker /> /> In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. /> /> Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.
In this chronicle of his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic and brutal episode in European history.
'An unrivalled picture of the rumours, suspicions and treachery of civil war' Anthony BeevorContains explanatory footnotes, as well as an appendix of removed chapters from the first edition.