Speaker Deck


by Linda Chaney

Published February 22, 2018 in Books

One of my acquaintances, after watching the "Matrix" and "Equilibrium", asked for recommendations on the literature on the topic of anti-utopia. I called Zamyatin's "We" I read "451 degrees Fahrenheit" by Bradbury - but first of all I recommended George Orwell's 1984. Write about literature, which has become a classic not only nominally, but also deservedly, difficult. And this complexity is more technical than in terms of displaying thoughts about the work. I mean that the words needed to describe, it would seem, have already been voiced by many, and that these words (criticism, endless analysis, analysis, references, etc.) about this work have accumulated on a small library. And yet this work deserves attention at any time and in any quantity.

According to the generally accepted version, the author received the title of the novel by permuting the last digits of the year of writing. So in 1948 the work "1984" appeared (the novel was published in 1949). There are other versions about the name, but it's not so important, and I really like this version. The plot of the book is typical for any good anti-utopia. The author describes a society that lives by the rules, the purpose of which is to protect this society from destruction or "putrefaction". Carefully thought-out rules and laws (although there are no laws in the "future society") are aimed at building a "common good". This implies full control over the person: over his thoughts, words, actions. And even deeper - over his feelings, emotions and impressions.