By George Orwell
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” –a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions –a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
By Thomas More
In Utopia Thomas More painted a fantastical picture of a distant island where society is perfected and people live in harmony, yet its title means ‘no place’, and More’s hugely influential work was ultimately an attack on his own corrupt, dangerous times, and on the failings of humanity. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them.
By Carlo M. Cipolla
The stupid are all around us: they are in every place, in every class, ready to cause damage to others and naturally (they are stupid, are they not?) to themselves. The stupid form the most dangerous category of human beings. Woe betide those who underestimate them. The historian Carlo M. Cipolla wrote this essay in a constructive effort to detect, know, and thus possibly neutralize one of the most powerful, dark forces which hinder the growth of human welfare and happiness. And if it then proves impossible to save ourselves from stupidity, at least we can take vengeance by laughing at it.
By Alan Moore
V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, published in 1988. The story depicts a dystopian and post–apocalyptic near–future history version of the United Kingdom in the 1990s, where most of the world was destroyed. The comics follow its title character and protagonist, V, an anarchist revolutionary dressed in a Guy Fawkes mask, as he begins an elaborate and theatrical revolutionist campaign to murder his former captors, bring down the government and convince the people to rule themselves, while inspiring a young woman, Evey Hammond, to be his protégé.
By George Orwell
Animal Farm is a brilliant political satire and a powerful and affecting story of revolutions and idealism, power and corruption. “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.” Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock…
لـ غسان كنفاني
تعد رواية رجال في الشمس من أوائل الأعمال الروائية الفلسطينية التي تكتب عن التشرد والموت والحيرة. وفيها يروي حكاية ثلاثة فلسطينيين من أجيال مختلفة، يلتقون حول ضرورة إيجاد حل فردي لمشكلة الإنسان الفلسطيني المعيشية عبر الهرب إلى الكويت، حيث النفط والثروة…