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.
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.