Orwell v Huxley: Whose Dystopia Are We Living In Today?

John Lanchester on how Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four capture the age of Facebook and Trump

The Financial Times
Jan 23, 2019 · 10 min read
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By John Lanchester

The modern world looks to many like a dystopia — a version of “the darkest timeline”, to borrow a term from the American sitcom Community. Whose dystopia…

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