The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's

The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"

The author has written a study that places George Orwell's 1984 in a variety of contexts: the author's life and times, the book's precursors in the science fiction genre, and its subsequent place in popular culture. Lynskey delves into how Orwell's harrowing Spanish Civil War experiences shaped his concern with political disinformation by exposing him to the deceptiveness of people he'd once regarded as allies against fascism: the Soviets and their Western apologists.

Title:The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's "1984"
ISBN:9780385544054
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  • Nancy

    In January 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that the crowd gathered to see President Trump take the oath of office was the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration." When accused of misre...

  • Susan

    I love books about books and so this, the biography of George Orwell’s most famous novel, “1984,” was a must read for me. This is split into two main sections; the first dealing with Orwell’s ...

  • Chrissie

    Decided very quickly this was not a book for me. I did not complete it. Tried it in June 2019.I am not a fan of either dystopian or utopian novels! There is a lot of name dropping of authors and title...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    1984 is huge these days of rising authoritarianism and surveillance states undreamt of in Orwell's work. How does this short novel written by a dying man on the island of Jura in 1948 become such a to...

  • Richard Luck

    I've a thousand and one things I'd like to say about The Ministry Of Truth. However, for the time being, I'll limit myself to this - if I had written this book, I think I would've died of pride....

  • Luke Gardiner

    Dorian Lynskey has written one of the greatest and most compelling biographies possible in this book, and it is not even about a person! However, the first part, with its emphasis on the life of Georg...

  • Ryan Denson

    Dorian Lynskey’s The Ministry of Truth brilliantly seeks to uncover what forces shaped the novel 1984, both in terms of Orwell’s personal experiences and larger cultural elements, as well as surve...

  • Hadrian

    A study of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four largely through a comparison to other political literature of the time - mostly utopian novels, but also contemporary dystopian fiction like Zamyatin's We and ...

  • Peter Beck

    “The Ministry of Truth” provides a fascinating if at times all too brief look at one of the most important books ever written. “1984” made such an impression on me when I read it in 1984 as a ...

  • Hannah

    4.5 stars, but rather dry - even as an audiobook. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed it more in physical form where I could more readily trace/write down titles of all the books mentioned, or less b...