‘Who controls the past controls the long run: who controls the present controls the past’Hidden away within the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to fit the wishes of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him throughout the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his eager for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the actual price of freedom is betrayal.George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is in all probability essentially the most pervasively influential book of the 20 th century.
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