The novels provide a guide for determining exactly how dystopic the world you live in is, but also, implicitly, how to resist the encroachment of dystopian forces.
Daniel May continues the debat about George Orwell and the Gaza war. Does the fact that Hamas is an easy bogeyman embolden Israel to do things that are wrong — and not in its own interests?
Would George Orwell really criticize Israeli talking points on the Gaza war? Gil Troy thinks the anti-totalitarian writer would be much more likely to criticize Hamas.
George Orwell, who famously argued that cliches ‘anesthetize one’s brain,’ would have a thing or two to say about a favorite wartime catchphrase: ‘Israel has a right to defend itself.’
Things I Don’t Want to Know: A Response to George Orwell’s Why I Write
By Deborah Levy
Notting Hill Editions
One of George Orwell’s most remarked-upon faults was his disregard for Jews. Why was the late Christopher Hitchens so complacent about it?
Nom De Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms
By Carmela Ciuraru
Harper, 331 pages, $24.99