Nineteen Eighty-Four – Limited Edition Barbican Cover
This Penguin Classics special edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is inspired by Into The Unknown, the Barbican’s genre-defining Science Fiction exhibition.
Hidden away in the Records Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother. In his longer for truth and liberty Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker, Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.
The cover illustration by Jamie Keenan re-imagines the iconic Barbican Towers draped with banners bearing slogans from the novel, in a playful tribute to the Barbican’s iconic architecture and the utopian vision of architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.
Exclusive to the Barbican. See the full set of special edition covers here.
Published 1 June 2017
Paperback, 368 pages
12.9cm x 19.8cm x 1cm
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