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  • 1984

    George Orwell

    Année 1984 en Océanie. 1984? C'est en tout cas ce qu'il semble à Winston, qui ne saurait toutefois en jurer. Le passé a été réinventé, et les événements les plus récents sont susceptibles d'être modifiés. Winston est lui-même chargé de récrire les archives qui contredisent le présent et les promesses de Big Brother. Grâce à une technologie de pointe, ce dernier sait tout, voit tout. Liberté est Servitude. Ignorance est Puissance. Telles sont les devises du régime. Pourtant Winston refuse de perdre espoir. Avec l'insoumise Julia, ils vont tenter d'intégrer la Fraternité, une organisation ayant pour but de renverser Big Brother. Mais celui-ci veille...

  • Un jour de juin eut lieu en Angleterre la révolte des animaux. Les cochons dirigent le nouveau régime. Boule-de-Neige et Napoléon, cochons en chef, affichent un règlement : "Tout ce qui marche sur deux pieds est un ennemi. Tout ce qui marche sur quatre pattes, ou possède des ailes, est un ami. Nul animal ne portera de vêtements. Nul animal ne dormira dans un lit. Nul animal ne boira d'alcool. Nul animal ne tuera un autre animal. Tous les animaux sont égaux."
    Le temps passe. La pluie efface les commandements. L'âne, un cynique, arrive encore à déchiffrer : "Tous les animaux sont égaux, mais certains animaux sont plus égaux que d'autres."

  • 1984

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    • Grasset
    • 4 November 2020

    1984, le chef-d'oeuvre de George Orwell, fait partie des plus grands textes du xxème siècle. Les lecteurs de tous âges connaissent Big Brother et Winston Smith, car plus qu'un roman politique et dystopique, 1984 a nourri notre imaginaire sans jamais perdre de son actualité. L'atmosphère envoûtante et le dessin aux teintes fantastiques de l'illustrateur brésilien Fido Nesti, alliés à la modernité de la traduction de Josée Kamoun, nous offrent aujourd'hui une somptueuse édition de 1984, la première version graphique du texte mythique d'Orwell.
    Il s'agit d'un des événements éditoriaux les plus attendus de l'année à travers le monde.
    Traduit l'anglais par Josée Kamoun

  • Il était une fois un monde où la liberté n'existait pas, où chacun était sous le contrôle de tous, et surtout d'un seul : le Grand Frère.
    Il était une fois un monde où la vérité répondait aux intérêts de quelques-uns. Où le passé était réécrit selon les besoins du présent. Où le principe de non-contradiction n'avait plus cours. Ce qui était faux hier est vrai aujourd'hui. 2 + 2 = 5.
    Dans ce monde, ni nos rêves ni nos désirs ne nous appartiennent plus. ' Ils ne peuvent pas entrer dans notre tête ', se dit le héros. L'histoire montera que si, ils le peuvent.
    Mil neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre est le récit de la résistance d'un homme ordinaire face à une machine de mort indestructible. Paru en 1949, le roman est une satire des totalitarismes, déguisée en une farce tragique, d'une glaçante actualité. Par son pouvoir de prémonition, Mil neuf cent quatre-vingt-quatre est de ces chefs-d'oeuvre qui nous marquent à jamais.

  • Orwell, penseur visionnaire, engagé, lucide, voulait élever l'essai politique au rang d'une oeuvre d'art. La preuve ici, en huit textes limpides, directs, précis ("Notes sur le nationalisme", "L'asile de nuit", "Une pendaison", "Comment j'ai tué un éléphant", "Une conviction", "Retour sur la guerre d'Espagne", "La bombe atomique et vous", et "Pourquoi j'écris"), où l'auteur de La Ferme des animaux et du Quai de Wigan fait passer les faits avant l'idéologie et montre que pour comprendre, il faut ressentir. Porté par une haute exigence morale, Orwell nous aide à retrouver l'esprit critique, à lutter contre les totalitarismes, à penser une époque guerrière, la nôtre, tissée de faits alternatifs et de fake news, de libertés à la dérive, de replis et d'horizons étriqués. Lire ses textes, c'est rouvrir les yeux sur le monde tel qu'il est et décider de se battre pour des causes qui soient justes.

  • This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

  • Contains the complete novels of George Orwell: Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Coming up for Air, Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Includes explanatory notes on the etymology of the language 'Newspeak'.

  • 'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong-and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote George Orwell for the first edition of ANIMAL FARM in 1945. His simple and tragicfable, telling of what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world-famous classic of English prose.
    'Surely the most important fictional satire to be written in twentieth-century Britain' Malcolm Bradbury Includes Orwell's proposed preface that was discovered years after the first edition had been published, as well as his unique preface for the Ukrainian edition. Also contains explanatory footnotes.

  • George Orwell was an inveterate keeper of diaries. The Orwell Diaries presents eleven of them, covering the period 1931-1949, and follows Orwell from his early years as a writer to his last literary notebook. An entry from 1931 tells of a communal shave in the Trafalgar Square fountains, while notes from his travels through industrial England show the development of the impassioned social commentator.

    This same acute power of observation is evident in his diaries from Morocco, as well as at home, where his domestic diaries chart the progress of his garden and animals with a keen eye; the wartime diaries, from descriptions of events overseas to the daily violence closer to home, describe astutely his perspective on the politics of both, and provide a new and entirely refreshing insight into Orwell's character and his great works.

  • The volume collects together, for the first time ever, Orwell's writings on his experience of the Spanish Civil War - the chaos at the Front, the futile young deaths for what became a confused cause, the antique weapons and the disappointment many British Socialists felt on arriving in Spain to help. ORWELL IN SPAIN includes the complete text of HOMAGE TO CATALONIA.

  • Collected together for the first time, this volume includes the complete text of THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER - Orwell's vivid and impassioned documentary of unemployment and proletarian life - as well as Orwell's best writing on the political and social condition of England.

  • This volume brings together Orwell's powerful writings of his personal exepriences of poverty and life outside mainstream society. The complete texts of DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON is included.

  • In these timeless and witty essays George Orwell explores the English love of reading about a good murder in the papers (and laments the passing of the heyday of the 'perfect' murder involving class, sex and poisoning), as well as unfolding his trenchant views on everything from boys' weeklies to naughty seaside postcards.

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

  • Orwell's classic satire ANIMAL FARM continues to be an international best seller. For the first time ever, ORWELL AND POLITICS brings this major work together with the author's other works exploring the nature of politics and the Second World War.

  • Collected Essays contains nearly eighty essays, reviews and occasional pieces composed between novels, plays and travel books over four prolific decades. From Henry James and Somerset Maugham to Ho Chi Minh and Kim Philby, the range of subjects is eclectic and stimulating; his subjects brought vividly to life. The resulting collection is as revealing as autobiography and characteristically rich in humour, insight and doubt.

  • Years in insurance and marriage to the joyless Hilda have been no more than death in life to George Bowling. This and fear of another war take his mind back to the peace of his childhood in a small country town. But his return journey to Lower Binfield brings complete disillusionment.

  • Dorothy, the heroine of this novel, performs good works, cultivates good thoughts, and pricks her arm with a pin when a bad thought arises. She then has a series of unexpected and degrading adventures after becoming a victim of amnesia. Though she regains her life as a clergyman's daughter, she has lost her faith.

  • Shooting an Elephant' is Orwell's searing and painfully honest account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd 'solely to avoid looking a fool'. The other masterly essays in this collection include classics such as 'My Country Right or Left', 'How the Poor Die' and 'Such, Such were the Joys', his memoir of the horrors of public school, as well as discussions of Shakespeare, sleeping rough, boys' weeklies and a spirited defence of English cooking. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, all show Orwell's unique ability to get to the heart of any subject.

  • In the 1930s Orwell was sent by a socialist book club to investigate the appalling mass unemployment in the industrial north of England. He went beyond his assignment to investigate the employed as well-"to see the most typical section of the English working class." Foreword by Victor Gollancz.

  • These essays, reviews and articles illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century - a man who created a unique literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and who elevated political writing to an art.

  • This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

  • In 1936 Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists. This famous account describes the war and Orwell's experiences. Introduction by Lionel Trilling.

  • Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

    Contains an introduction by Thomas Pynchon, as well as an accompanying appendix and explanatory footnotes.

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