1984: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength
Arnon Grunberg & Gerlinda Heywegen
Writers Unlimited presents 1984: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, an evening centered on George Orwell's world-famous dystopian future novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (aka 1984). With quotes and film fragments, novelist, columnist, essayist, poet and screenwriter Arnon Grunberg and film editor of Writers Unlimited Gerlinda Heywegen discuss 1984.
"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth." - 1984
Orwell's novel from 1949 and its film adaptations give a gloomy world view, which is regularly referred to even now, in "corona times". Increasing government control, fake news, hoaxes, algorithms lead to confusion and even revolt. How current is Nineteen Eighty-Four after more than seventy years? Are "we" in 2021 being controlled to such an extent that it can lead to a 1984? Does technological progress make it possible and is our world capable of it? What does Orwell's research of humanity mean for our time?
"In 1984 there is a very powerful element in which the government can create an alternative reality," says Michael Newton, lecturer in English literature at Leiden University. "The truth becomes something pliable, which you can prescribe an alternative version of." - nu.nl
Event curated by Gerlinda Heywegen (Writers Unlimited)
Books for sale courtesy of De Vries Van Stockum Books
Please note! It is not necessary to keep a distance of 1.5 meters in the hall.It is mandatory to show a corona admission ticket at the entrance.
In the event of cancellation due to corona complaints, we return the purchase amount.