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There is no doubting that Headlong's production of Orwell's dystopian novel is one of some power and tremendous ingenuity. I left the theatre feeling genuinely unsettled but not moved. The truth was I didn't especially care what happened to Winston,
In the Orwellian imagination, the fundamental flaw in state intrusion lay in overwhelming layers of bureaucracy. Dom Shaw reveals how late capitalism's intersection of government administration and corporate interests has solved this volume problem'.
Suggested Topics Whatever else it's going through, it's good news for the publishing industry that it has found the space, or guts, to give a second wind to the career of Deborah Levy. The Man Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home was her first novel in
Video Video Recently it has posted five reviews, from its pages, of classic novels, printed when those books first appeared: The Great Gatsby (an anonymous review, published in 1925), To The Lighthouse (a rave), Nineteen Eighty-Four (reviewed by V.S.
Some of the most important writers and artists in 1920s Leningrad were making picture books for children...Republished by Tate this month, it is an exquisite fragment of early Soviet history made-up of bright, stencil-flat images that resemble
The author, who is to be celebrated in a season of programmes on Radio 4, based the book's torture area, Room 101, on a meeting room in the building that he remembered from his time at the BBC. The adaptation of his dystopian novel will star
There's not necessarily anything revolutionary coming up on the radio in the coming year, but some old dependables are likely to add considerably to our listening pleasure. Take the all-conquering Clare Balding, for example, who will be adding
A demonstrator behind a China flag during a protest at the Japanese embassy, Budapest. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images Japan's putative "grabbing" of the Senkaku Islands has been shrilly reported in Chinese media this past month .
Joseph Stalin in Tsaritsin, 1918 Victor Serge declared himself to be 'an avowed and unequivocal dissident, whom only force can silence'. Photograph: Corbis At university in the early 1980s, I was privileged to witness an exchange between a friend of
Rating George Orwell ranks with William Shakespeare among the sharpest (and most sardonic) literary observers of what the biologist Desmond Morris called The Human Zoo. After one long piercing look at a modern such zoo called Kenya, Orwell would