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1984 at Seventy: Why We Still Read Orwells Book of Prophecy | The New Yorker The New Yorker The New Yorker

George Orwells 1984 , published seventy years ago today, has had an amazing run as a work of political prophecy. It has outlasted in public awareness other contenders from its era, such as Aldous Huxleys Brave New World (1932), Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and Anthony Burgesss A Clockwork Orange (1962), not to mention two once well-known books to which it is indebted, Yevgeny Zamyatins We (1921) and Arthur Koestlers Darkness at Noon (1940). 1984 is obviously a Cold War book, but the Cold War ended thirty years ago. What accounts for its staying power?