• 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 is the essential edition of the essential book of modern times, 1984, now annotated for students with an introduction by D. J. Taylor.

    Ever since its publication in 1948, George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian regime where Big Brother controls its citizens like 'a boot stamping on a human face' has become a touchstone for human freedom, and one of the most widely-read books in the world. In this new annotated edition Orwell's biographer D. J. Taylor elucidates the full meaning of this timeless satire, explaining contemporary references in the novel, placing it in the context of Orwell's life, elaborating on his extraordinary use of language and explaining the terms such as Newspeak, Doublethink and Room 101 that have become familiar phrases today.

  • Orwell draws on his years of experience in India to tell this story of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen living in a settlement in Burma congregate in the European Club, drink whiskey, and argue over an impending order to admit a token Asian.

  • George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist, producing throughout his life an extraordinary array of short nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught times in which he lived. "As soon as he began to write something," comments George Packer in his foreword, "it was as natural for Orwell to propose, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in short, to think--as it was for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent."Facing Unpleasant Facts charts Orwell's development as a master of the narrative-essay form and unites such classics as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. Whether detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding school or bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spanish Civil War, these essays weave together the personal and the political in an unmistakable style that is at once plainspoken and brilliantly complex.

  • In this bestselling compilation of essays, written in the clear-eyed, uncompromising language for which he is famous, Orwell discusses with vigor such diverse subjects as his boyhood schooling, the Spanish Civil War, Henry Miller, British imperialism, and the profession of writing.

  • George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. . . .

  • Anglais 1984

    George Orwell

    In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

  • George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of his holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.