“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” – George Orwell
A selection of George Orwell’s prescient, clear-eyed and stimulating writing on the subjects of truth and lies. With an introduction by Alan Johnson.
‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.’
This selection of George Orwell’s writing, from both his novels and non-fiction, gathers together his thoughts on the subject of truth. It ranges from discussion of personal honesty and morality to freedom of speech and political propaganda. Orwell’s unique clarity of thought and illuminating skepticism provide the perfect defense against our post-truth world of fake news and confusion.
‘The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.’
Includes an introduction by Alan Johnson and passages from Burmese Days, The Road to Wigan Pier, Coming Up for Air, The Lion and the Unicorn, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell’s letters, war-time diary, criticism and essays including ‘Fascism and Democracy’, ‘Culture and Democracy’, ‘Looking Back on the Spanish War’, ‘As I Please’, ‘Notes on Nationalism’, ‘The Prevention of Literature’, ‘Politics and the English Language’ and ‘Why I Write’.
Over the course of his career, George Orwell wrote about many things, but no matter what he wrote the goal was to get at the fundamental truths of the world. He had no place for dissemblers, liars, conmen, or frauds, and he made his feelings well-known. In Orwell on Truth, excerpts from across Orwell’s career show how his writing and worldview developed over the decades, profoundly shaped by his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and further by World War II and the rise of totalitarian states. In a world that seems increasingly like one of Orwell’s dystopias, a willingness to speak truth to power is more important than ever. With Orwell on Truth, readers get a collection of both powerful quotes and the context for them.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Updated edition (April 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1328507866
- ISBN-13: 978-1328507860
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces