Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Is the St. Petersburg Government Buying George Orwell’s ‘1984’ as a Warning or as a Guide to Action?

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Aug. 23 – The city government of St. Petersburg has announced plans to buy 180 books for the library its administrators use. Many of them are books providing guidance on how to convince people who oppose you or how to present your eyes so that they will have a better chance of being adopted.

            There is only one novel on the list, George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984; and that raises the question: are the city fathers of the Northern Capital purchasing it as a guide to action or as the warning its author intended? (

            It's little wonder that some in Moscow want to classify all state purchases lest more such questions occur to the Russian people. 

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