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Title:
The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984 (MP3)
Written by:
Dorian Lynskey 
Read by:
Andrew Wincott 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
13 hours 20 minutes 
MP3 size:
550 MB 
Published:
August 01 2019 
Available Date:
August 01 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529025941 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Biography; Politics & Current Affairs; Writer 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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In The Ministry of Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell's 1984 on its 70th anniversary of publication.

The cultural influence of 1984 can be observed in some of the most notable creations of the past 70 years, from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, from Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta to David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs – and from the launch of Apple Mac to the reality TV landmark, Big Brother. George Orwell’s last novel has become one of the iconic narratives of the modern world. Its ideas have become part of language – from ‘Big Brother’ to the ‘Thought Police’, ‘Doublethink’ and ‘Newspeak’ – and seem ever more relevant in the era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’. In this remarkable and original book, Dorian Lynskey investigates the influences that came together in the writing of 1984. 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of what is arguably Orwell’s masterpiece, while the year 1984 itself is now as distant from us as it was from Orwell on publication day. The Ministry of Truth is a fascinating examination of one of the most significant works of modern English literature. It describes how history can inform fiction and how fiction can influence history.

‘Lucid and authoritative.’
Guardian

'[A] vibrant, spirited story of a man and his book ... Lynskey does a superb job analyzing the young Orwell’s political beliefs, his hatred of fascism, and his ‘vision of common sense radicalism’ ... [A] fascinating literary history.”
Kirkus Reviews