Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Book Club #2

Book Club #2 – Nineteen Eighty-Four

Start date

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 16:00

End date

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 17:00

Spoken Language

“Big Brother is watching you!” is the most famous phrase of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. In this dystopian novel, society in an imagined future is controlled via mass surveillance by an omnipresent government. The protagonist questions the news (or propaganda), doubting if things are really taking place as they seem to be. 

Why is this world-famous page-turner a must-read? Is the reference to ‘Big Brother’ appropriate, when discussing the Covid-19-app, countries are launching? And what about the drones the Dutch use to rush people from the beach or the park? What lessons can we learn for a possible use of such devices to conquer the corona pandemic? Does the parallel between the extremely regulated and controlled society without free press of 1984 hold, when looking at the regulations Orbán and other politicians have declared? Or are totalitarian-like measures and decrees just the price we have to pay to survive?

How can literature like 1984 help us to relate to the current situation? What themes in the book need a closer look to enjoy it even more? Join us for the second online book club to discuss this world-famous page-turner!

Register here and we will put you in contact with other readers online!

* Due to privacy regulations, the online book club is only accessible to EUR / EUC / EMC students and staff.

“Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.” George Orwell in 1984.

More information

Date: Wed. May 20, 2020
Time: 16.00 – 17.00 hrs
Location: Zoom
Moderation: Lenya Slierendrecht