Animal Farm by George OrwellLibrarians note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here.
A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
Secker and Warburg first published Animal Farm in London in The original green and grey dust jacket is famously fragile as it was cheaply produced to meet Wartime Economy Standards. Harcourt, Brace published the first American edition of Animal Farm in To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first edition of the novella, Secker and Warburg published a special edition of Animal Farm in with illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Showing best matches Show all copies. Price: kr 26,
Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell , first published in England on 17 August Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. According to Orwell, the fable reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin " un conte satirique contre Staline " ,  and in his essay " Why I Write " , wrote that Animal Farm was the first book in which he tried, with full consciousness of what he was doing, "to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole". Orwell wrote the book between November and February , when the UK was in its wartime alliance with the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany and the British people and intelligentsia held Stalin in high esteem, a phenomenon Orwell hated.
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It is regularly voted one of the best books of all time, a timeless piece of satire which has never gone out of print in the 64 years since it was first published. In a letter from explaining why he would not be publishing the work, Eliot told Orwell that he was not persuaded by the "Trotskyite" politics which underpin the narrative. To publish such an anti-Russian novel would jar in the contemporary political climate, explained the poet. It is certainly the duty of any publishing firm which pretends to other interests and motives other than mere commercial prosperity to publish books which go against the current of the moment," wrote Eliot, before going on to say that he was not convinced that "this is the thing that needs saying at the moment. In the letter, Eliot argued that Orwell's "view, which I take to be Trotskyite, is not convincing. Napoleon, a Berkshire boar thought to be based on Stalin, triumphs, despite being the novel's baddie. He battles with Snowball, a much nicer pig modelled on Leon Trotsky, who genuinely works for the good of the other animals.
Animal Farm by George Orwell was first published in and will be celebrating its seventieth birthday next year. I re-read the novella last night and found its themes and messages just as powerful, moving and relevant as they must have been seven decades ago. Animal Farm is set in a farmyard where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours. However, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others, and the animals start to question their supposed utopia. Little by little, the rules begin to mysteriously change, and the pigs seem to gain power little by little, making the animals question what society they were striving for in the first place and whether their new-found freedom is as liberating as they might have hoped.
A group of farm animals band together after realizing their master Mr. Jones mistreats them by giving almost nothing in return for the work they have done for him. One night a prize-winning boar, Old Major, gathers the animals and describes a vision he had of a new world where animals live in harmony without mistreatment and overworking. The animals are inspired and believe they can achieve this ideal world. Old Major dies soon after, unable to communicate more about his ideal world. Three pigs, Snowball, Napoleon and Squealer, take his ideas and put them into a philosophical doctrine. They name this political philosophy Animalism.