Orwell’s 1984 is Back on Bestseller Lists After NSA Leak

George Orwell

George Orwell

Since revelations about the government’s massive surveillance program became public knowledge, sales of the novel 1984 by George Orwell (pen name of Eric Arthur Blair)  jumped significantly, according to Amazon.  Within 24 hours, sales increased by 6,000%  –  jumping from 7,636 place to the 123rd spot.

The book was originally published on June 8, 1949.  In this dystopian future, Great Britain society is being monitored by round the clock surveillance.  The story centers around Winston Smith who dreams that it might be possible to oppose the government and bring about change, and the lessons he learns along the way.   The book has been mentioned by President Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders and various media outlets.  The publisher, Penguin, says there is clearly a connection between the current news about the NSA whistle blower and the increase in sales.

The Cheshire Library has several copies located in the Young Adult section, and it is also available in e-book and audiobook formats through our Downloadable Catalog.