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Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

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By George Orwell, Ann Patchett (Foreword by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by)
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All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Brilliant allegory and prophetic work whose message should be heeded if we are to avoid repeating history’s mistakes, Animal Farm is George Orwell’s seminal work of anti-Stalinist satire. Orwell originally had a hard time finding a publisher; he courageously insisted on the truth being told about Soviet Communism, even though in the early 1940’s criticizing Stalin and Soviet Russia was a very unpopular stance—the war against Hitler was raging and most in the West were reluctant to criticize ally Stalin. Now, as a modern classic, with the characters of Boxer the workhorse, Benjamin the donkey, Squealer the pig, Napoleon the pig (Stalin), and Snowball (Trotsky) part of the modern literary canon, Animal Farm's continued popularity and astonishing success are a tribute to its enduring relevance. Capturing the menace of totalitarian rule, it is a political satire, a passionate warning against the dangers of political innocence, a lesson about political terror, and a scathing indictment of political propaganda that flies in the face of the truth. (interesting in light of modern-day current events, Orwell gave the rights for free to a group of Ukrainian refugees to reprint Animal Farm in their language, for which he wrote an introduction.) Of course, it can also be read and enjoyed heedless of history and Stalinism, by people of all ages, enjoyed simply as a great fable in the Aesop tradition. Christopher Hitchens sums it up, speaking about Animal Farm and 1984: “These books can be read as a strong preventive medicine against the mentality of servility, and especially against the lethal temptation to exchange freedom for security, a bargain that invariably ends up with the surrender of both.” Ed loved and highly recommends!

— Ed


75th Anniversary Edition—Includes a New Introduction by Téa Obreht

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.


“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. 
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

With a foreword by Ann Patchett

About the Author

George Orwell (pseudonym for Eric Blair [1903-50]) was born in Bengal and educated at Eton; after service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living penning novels and essays. He was essentially a political writer who focused his attention on his own times, a man of intense feelings and intense hates. An opponent of totalitarianism, he served in the Loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. Besides his classic Animal Farm, his works include a novel based on his experiences as a colonial policeman, Burmese Days, two firsthand studies of poverty, Down and Out in Paris and London and The Road to Wigan Pier, an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia; and the extraordinary novel of political prophecy whose title became part of our language, 1984.

Praise For…

Animal Farm remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.” –Malcolm Bradbury

“As lucid as glass and quite as sharp…[Animal Farm] has the double meaning, the sharp edge, and the lucidity of Swift.” –Atlantic Monthly

“A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.” –New York Times

“Orwell has worked out his theme with a simplicity, a wit, and a dryness that are close to La Fontaine and Gay, and has written in a prose so plain and spare, so admirably proportioned to his purpose, that Animal Farm even seems very creditable if we compare it with Voltaire and Swift.” –Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker

“Orwell’s satire here is amply broad, cleverly conceived, and delightfully written.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“The book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.” –Ruth Rendell

With an Introduction by Julian Symons
Product Details
ISBN: 9780452284241
ISBN-10: 0452284244
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 6th, 2003
Pages: 128
Language: English
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