The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984
The compelling work of George Orwell in the novel 1984, holds the master key to understanding the modern world. The novel projected the nightmare vision of a future in which the truth had been eclipsed. The story, though decades old, clearly resonate with the despair of people in the presentday.
George Orwell is one writer who has influenced a lot of readers in the past century. Avid readers found his novel an inspiration because of its literary power.
George Packer, writing for the Atlantic, describes the power of the book more succinctly, “You have to clear away what you think you know, all the terminology and iconography and cultural spin-offs, to grasp the original genius and lasting greatness of 1984. It is both a profound political essay and a shocking, heart-breaking work of art. And in the Trump era, it’s a best seller.”
Therefore it’s little wonder, British music critic Dorean Lanskey, wrote a book entitled:“The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984”. The book, according to The Atlantic, makes a rich compelling case for the novel as the summation of Orwell's entire body of work and key master to understanding the modern world.
Packer insists that the beginning of Trump's presidency awakened fears of totalitarianism thereby making many readers think back to Orwell's 1984. In his words,“Trump’s election brought a rush of cautionary books with titles like On Tyranny, Fascism: A Warning, and How Fascism Works. My local bookstore set up a totalitarian-themed table and placed the new books alongside 1984. They pointed back to the 20th century—if it happened in Germany, it could happen here.”
However, according to Lynskey, “By definition, a country in which you are free to read Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a country described in Nineteen Eighty-Four.Present day America however, still mirrors Orwell's 1984 society in other ways.In the present day, the true meaning of The Ministry of The Truth is Facebook, Google, and cable news. Lynskey, says, " we already face the Big Brother and he is us.”
Today's big brother is not the state but the individuals. Everyone is focused on the media, and the media, in turn, provide too much information from too many sources with a resulting fragmentation. As a consequence of this, there is disappearance in authority, leaving ordinary people to work out the facts for themselves, at the mercy of their own prejudices and delusions.
As Lynskey points out, Orwell didn’t foresee that “the common man and woman would embrace doublethink as enthusiastically as the intellectuals and, without the need for terror or torture, would choose to believe that two plus two was whatever they wanted it to be.”
We are living in a world far from what was in the mind of Orwell when he writes the book; however, the book narrates the same situation that we experience in our world today. It combines distractions, hatred, entertainment with a blend of cruelty and confusion.