'What I have most wanted to do... is to make political writing into an art' - George Orwell
"Still outlawed by regimes around the world, Animal Farm has always been political dynamite - so much so, it was nearly never published." - The Guardian
Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.
When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another.
All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others
'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong - and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine.'--George Orwell
About the Author
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four, which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
'You can't have a revolution unless you make it for yourself; there is no such thing as a benevolent dictatorship.'--George Orwell
About the Author
George Orwell, the pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, was born in Bengal, India, in 1903. He was educated at Eton, became a policeman in Burma but suffered and studied poverty. His great works, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, are a product of his hatred of totalitarianism. His legacy of writing and political thought is much admired today.
"Animal Farm has always been political dynamite - so much so, it was nearly never published." - The Guardian
"Orwell's revolutionary mysticism turned out to be curiously precise: he was right not in spite of but because of his contradictions." - The New Yorker
"You can't have a revolution unless you make it for yourself; there is no such thing as a benevolent dictatorship." - George Orwell