By Stephen Moss
The NSA Prism surveillance scandal has been good news for George Orwell, and in particular for his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was originally published in 1949. Sales of the centennial edition have risen by more than 7,000% on Amazon.com . Having been languishing at 13,074 in the list, it is now up to 193 and rising.
It may not rival Caroline Barnett’s Willing to Walk on Water: Step Out in Faith and Let God Work Miracles through Your Life, which has miraculously surged from 144th to first in the past 24 hours with a 267,000% rise, but clearly many people are finding parallels between the US government’s willingness to snoop on Joe Public’s emails and phone calls and Orwell’s vision of a future in which Big Brother is everywhere.
“Orwellian” is the word on everyone’s lips.
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