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George Orwell

This modern novel describes a dystopian version of the year 1984. The world is ruled by three totalitarian superpowers with the book focusing on Oceania. The people are under constant surveillance and anyone opposing or even criticising the regime is eliminated together with all records of existence. Only thinking about another life or reality is viewed and punished as “thoughtcrime”. Winston works for the ministry, rewriting historical records and destroying the originals while, despite being forbidden, dreaming of rebellion. When he is discovered, he is also taken away to be reconditioned…

1984 is a classic that is perfect for discussions about utopia/dystopia and provides a solid basis for comparing and contrasting other media and literature of the field. It is also interesting from a political point of view and therefore suitable for cross-curricular teaching, as well.

· · 1949

Critical edition

Orwell, George. 1984. Penguin, 2008. 336 pp., ISBN 9780141036144

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Classic
  • Democratic and political education
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Students can identify with the text
  • Recommended by a federal state: Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia

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