George Orwell‘s vision of a dystopian near-future in a totalitarian England is evidently striking close to home for some, with 1984 soaring to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list.
The impetus for the increased sales appears to be the recent inauguration of Donald Trump and his first few days in office. Aside from a bleak depiction of life under an oppressive government, 1984 also depicts a post-truth society in which “doublethink”– unthinking loyalty to two contradictory ideas at the same time– is mandated by the ruling party.
One of the novel’s publishers Penguin told CNN’s Brian Stelter in a statement that they were doing a larger reprint than usual in response to the increased demand. “We put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week. That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for 1984,” a spokesperson said.
Two other editions of 1984 have also cracked Amazon’s top 100 bestseller list. Other dystopian or anti-authoritarian novels– like Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World, Orwell’s Animal Farm, Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451, and Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale— have also jumped into the bestsellers list.
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