BBC Radio 4 „In our time“: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Logo BBC bei Wikimedia Commons„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss George Orwell’s (1903–1950) final nov­el, pub­lished in 1949, set in a dystopi­an Lon­don which is now found in Airstrip One, part of the total­i­tar­i­an super­state of Ocea­nia which is always at war and where the pro­tag­o­nist, Win­ston Smith, works at the Min­istry of Truth as a rewriter of his­to­ry: ‚Who con­trols the past,‘ ran the Par­ty slo­gan, ‚con­trols the future: who con­trols the present con­trols the past.‘
The influ­ence of Orwell’s nov­el is immea­sur­able, high­light­ing threats to per­son­al free­dom with con­cepts he named such as dou­ble­s­peak, thought­crime, Room 101, Big Broth­er, mem­o­ry hole and thought police.

With David Dwan (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture and Intel­lec­tu­al His­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford), Lisa Mullen (Teach­ing Asso­ciate in Mod­ern Con­tem­po­rary Lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge), and John Bowen (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of York).“ (BBC)

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