George Orwell

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Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was about liberalism, not totalitarianism, claims Moscow diplomat
Maria Zakharova says idea book is about totalitarianism is ‘one of the biggest global fakes’, in claim disputed by Russian translator

Pjotr Sauer

23, May, 2022 @12:50 PM

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Orwell, the towering conscience of a generation, unmasked | Letter
Letter: In an essay, the novelist confesses that he might possibly have written reviews of books he had not read, writes Peter Davis


29, Apr, 2022 @3:24 PM

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Digested week: practice doesn’t make perfect for Boris Johnson apology | John Crace
PM still did not sound entirely sincere over Partygate – and later proved repentance was skin deep

John Crace

22, Apr, 2022 @3:54 PM

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The icy pull of tragic polar exploration | Brief letters
Brief letters: A fascination with tragic heroes | Is artificial intelligence an oxymoron? | Orwell’s linguistic inventions | From Granny to Mum to Mumma | Sailing to San Serriffe

01, Apr, 2022 @4:52 PM

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Freedom to Think by Susie Alegre review – the big tech threat to free thought
The modern online environment undermines our independence of opinion, argues a human rights lawyer

Steven Poole

31, Mar, 2022 @6:30 AM

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NoViolet Bulawayo: ‘I’m encouraged by this new generation that wants better’
The Booker-shortlisted author talks about Zimbabwe after Mugabe - and drawing on Orwell for her brilliant new political satire

Alex Clark

19, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Viet Thanh Nguyen: ‘I didn’t notice the racism of Tintin’
The Pulitzer prize-winning novelist on the depiction of Vietnamese people, the fun in Voltaire’s Candide and memorable masturbation scenes

Viet Thanh Nguyen

04, Mar, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Animal Farm review – beguiling puppetry makes Orwell’s fable more equal than others
A startling handsome production of George Orwell’s allegorical fable, with hints of kabuki and film noir, is given ever more meaning and relevance by current news events

Arifa Akbar

27, Feb, 2022 @11:32 AM

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Top 10 buildings in fiction | David Annand
It may only rarely get built, but imaginary architecture is a crucial support for many stories, from Jane Austen’s Pemberley to Kafka’s Castle and Ballard’s High-Rise

David Annand

16, Feb, 2022 @12:00 PM

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From science fiction to dystopian fact | Letters
Letters: We shouldn’t be surprised when sci-fi writers correctly predict the future, says Garth Groombridge, while Frances Starbuck detects the shadow of Edgar Allan Poe looming over the current crisis at No 10


04, Feb, 2022 @5:38 PM

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The Guardian view on prescience in novels: reading the future | Editorial
Editorial: Literature can be surprisingly accurate in predicting what lies ahead


30, Jan, 2022 @6:25 PM

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Lighten up the satire? That’s a tall order when life is out-crazying the most vivid fiction | Catherine Bennett
Critics panned Don’t Look Up as ‘shrill’, but it was superb – and caught outlandish reality

Catherine Bennett

01, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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