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In the Shadow of Big Brother (literaryreview.co.uk)
28 points by samclemens 23 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

Is worth knowing that Orwell was standing in the shadow of Zamyatin's novel 'We' (A man so revolutionary, he managed to be exiled by both the Tsars and by Stalin), when he wrote '1984'.


It is in many ways a much better book, and worth reading for many reasons, one of the best of them being that Stalin banned it upon publication, the ban not being lifted till 1988.

Here it is - https://mises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/We_2.pdf

The world in We feels a little more like Brave New World to me but I agree that it’s a fun book.

It had never occured to me to call it a fun book. Brilliant, without question. But not fun. There are definitely some excellent jokes in it, but they are more deeply sardonic rather than fun.

We have 5-eyes now, instead of Big Brother.

We have always been {enemies, friends} of {places we haven't bombed, places we have bombed} in {war, peace}.

Everyone knows there is nothing you can do about it.

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