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Join Dorian Lynskey in conversation with Hugo Rifkind to discuss The Ministry of Truth

Join Dorian Lynskey in conversation with Hugo Rifkind to discuss Dorian's book The Ministry of Truth: the first ever biography of George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Waterstones, London

Tuesday 23rd July, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Signing
  • Talk

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About the Event

Join Dorian Lynskey in conversation with Hugo Rifkind to discuss Dorian's book The Ministry of Truth: the first ever biography of George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four isn’t just a novel; it is a key to understanding the modern world. Politically, the concepts of Orwell’s last novel have become part of the modern lexicon – from ‘Big Brother’ to the ‘Thought Police’, ‘Doublethink’, and ‘Newspeak’ – and seem ever more relevant in the era of ’fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’.

Meanwhile, the cultural influence of Nineteen Eighty-Four can be observed in some of the most notable creations of the past 70 years, from novels such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale to films such as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil; from graphic novels (Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta) to concept rock albums (David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs). It has ranged as far as TV commercials for Apple Computers – and of course to the grandfather of reality TV, Big Brother.

Dorian Lynskey’s unique and original book explores the influences on Orwell that came together in the writing of his novel, from his experiences of the Spanish Civil War to the novel’s roots in the utopian and dystopian literature that preceded it. And it explores the political and cultural phenomenon that the novel ignited on publication, and the changing ways in which readings of the novel has reflected our times.

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of what is arguably Orwell’s masterpiece, while the year 1984 itself is now as far in the past to us as it was in the future to Orwell as he was writing it. The Ministry of Truth is a fascinating examination of one of the most significant works of modern English literature, and not only explains how history can inform fiction, but how fiction can inform our readings of history.

Venue Information

Waterstones
9-13 Garrick Street
London
WC2E 9BA
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Ministry of Truth
The Ministry of Truth

Dorian Lynskey

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Publication date:28 May 2019

ISBN:9781509890736

4.21 out of 5
7 reviews
"A fascinating study of one of the most influential novels of the 20th century"
The Sunday Times
"Used and abused over the years, Orwell’s great last novel still has clout"
The Times
"Thoroughly researched and wearing its scholarship lightly, The Ministry of Truth is at its best in some of its pop cultural gleanings"
The Guardian
"idiosyncratic and acutely written"
The Spectator
"ombines an impressive breadth of literary research with fascinating critical commentary"
The Daily Telegraph
"an informed, intelligent and hugely readable"
Literary Review
"a new twist"
New Statesman

In The Ministry of Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, a perennial bestseller, and a work that remains more relevant than ever in today's tumultuous world.