Here’s a story many people may have missed given the current craziness of the world.
George Orwell’s estate recently approved a re-write of his book “1984.”
That’s right, the most famous book ever created to warn people of the dangers of government propaganda is being re-written in 2021.
That information alone is enough to give people reason for doubt, but that’s not the most telling part of this story…
As if this news in itself isn’t “Orwellian” enough, the book is being written from a feminist perspective.
The book will be written by author Sandra Newman, and will be told from the perspective of the character “Julia,” who many feminists argue understood the dangers of Oceania better than Winston.
Maybe they should title this book “2021…”
In an ironic twist to beat all ironic twists, “1984,” George Orwell’s dystopian sci-fi tale that warns of the dangers of revising history and rewriting books for ideological ends is, itself, getting a feminist re-write. With approval from the Orwell estate, it will be re-told from a woman’s perspective.
As first reported in The Guardian, the new narrative will be told from the point of view of Julia, the love interest of Orwell’s main character, Winston Smith, who in the 1949 novel works at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to suit the authoritarian government’s propaganda purposes. Titled “Julia,” the book comes from American author Sandra Newman, whose past work has been nominated for a Folio Prize and the British Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Neman’s publisher Granta told The Guardian that as a protagonist, Julia “understands” Orwell’s fictional world of Oceania “far better than Winston and is essentially happy with her life,” adding that Orwell’s son, Richard Blair, “has been consulted and approves of the project.”
"1984" has already hit too close to home given current events...
Perhaps re-writing the novel is Big Brother's (Big Sister's?) way of getting the sheep back in line.
Fox News has even more details:
Orwell’s estate says that the book, written as a warning against totalitarianism and contains a famous line that reads "every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten," needs to be told from Julia’s perspective and that they had been "looking for some time" for the right author.
"Two of the unanswered questions in Orwell’s novel are what Julia sees in Winston, and how she has navigated her way through the party hierarchy. Sandra gets under the skin of Big Brother’s world in a completely convincing way which is both true to the original but also gives a dramatically different narrative to stand alongside the original," Orwell’s estate’s literary executor Bill Hamilton said to The Guardian."The millions of readers who have been brought up with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four will find this a provocative and satisfying companion."