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Who Was George Orwell? His Life + Legacy

George Orwell wrote the dystopian sci-fi novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (alternately 1984) and published it in 1949

Orwell was inspired to create the dystopian regime in his novel by the authoritarian Stalinist Soviet Union

The story is set in the year 1984, when the world is in a perpetual state of war

Big Brother, a dictator, runs the totalitarian nation Airstrip One, formally known as Great Britain

Our hero is Winston Smith, a dutiful mid-level government employee at the Ministry of Truth

Together, they learn about the Brotherhood, a secret resistance group

When Smith attempts to contact the Brotherhood, he encounters a member of the Party operating undercover

Smith is arrested and is tortured both mentally and physically by the Ministry of Love, released after