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Orwell's '1984' back as bestseller

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 01:58

George Orwell's ''1984'' novel about a dystopian future under an authoritarian regime is back as a bestseller as readers grapple with Donald Trump administration's defense of ''alternative facts.'' Bobbi Rebell reports.

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George Orwell's "1984" novel about a dystopian future under an authoritarian regime is back as a bestseller. Laura Dakin, a manager at an independent book store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the "Book Culture." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOOK CULTURE, MANAGER, LAURA DAKIN, SAYING: "It's doing really well. We've sold out of all of our copies. We have a lot on order coming in. And, I think, a lot of other people have sold out as well. So, it's doing really well." The book was first published in 1949, and now it's being reprinted as readers grapple with Donald Trump administration's defense of "alternative facts." It features a devious "Big Brother" government that spies on its citizens and forces them into accepting contradictory versions of the truth. Sales spiked after a senior White House official, Kellyanne Conway, used the term "alternative facts" on NBC's "Meet the Press" during a discussion about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOOK CULTURE, MANAGER, LAURA DAKIN, SAYING: "I think people are worried about that kind of thing and they want to be informed about it even though it's fiction they want to be informed about the dangers of. Getting too close to that kind of reality right now." The book's publisher ordered a massive 75,000-copy reprint. Christopher Libertino, a customer at the "Book Culture" store. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BOOK CULTURE CUSTOMER, CHRISTOPHER LIBERTINO, SAYING: "In the book, there's a fictitious enemy that, you know, that's it's all kind of a setup. And the way that you get people to do what you want to do is you hold up another flag, or another country, or something like that, and you say these are the bad people you dehumanize them, and then everybody is very easily led around to doing what you want. And, I think, that's a very very old tactic." Amid widespread criticism of the expression, even Merriam-Webster chimed in to challenge Trump's former campaign manager. "A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality," the dictionary publisher tweeted.

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Orwell's '1984' back as bestseller

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 01:58