Julia (inbunden)
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Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
400
Utgivningsdatum
2023-10-19
Förlag
Granta Books
Dimensioner
37 x 233 x 153 mm
Vikt
1330 g
ISBN
9781783789153

Julia

The Sunday Times Bestseller

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2023-10-19
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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER "a fascinating reflection on totalitarianism as refracted through Orwell's times and our own" The Guardian London, chief city of Airstrip One, the third most populous province of Oceania. It's 1984 and Julia Worthing works as a mechanic fixing the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth. Under the ideology of IngSoc and the rule of the Party and its leader Big Brother, Julia is a model citizen - cheerfully cynical, believing in nothing and caring not at all about politics. She knows how to survive in a world of constant surveillance, Thought Police, Newspeak, Doublethink, child spies and the black markets of the prole neighbourhoods. She's very good at staying alive. But Julia becomes intrigued by a colleague from the Records Department - a mid-level worker of the Outer Party called Winston Smith, she comes to realise that she's losing her grip and can no longer safely navigate her world. Seventy-five years after Orwell finished writing his iconic novel, Sandra Newman has tackled the world of Big Brother in a truly convincing way, offering a dramatically different, feminist narrative that is true to and stands alongside the original. For the millions of readers who have been brought up with Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, here, finally, is a provocative, vital and utterly satisfying companion novel.
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This extraordinary novel is like a newly discovered room in your house, in a dream - the illusion is so precise, the execution so masterful, that you think it must have been there all along, just waiting for you to find it. Sandra Newman has succeeded wildly at the impossible task she was given; JULIA should surprise and delight not only devotees of Orwell's classic, but fans of Newman's own daring, disquieting, and emotionally affecting oeuvre -- J. Robert Lennon A powerful feat of imagination and empathy which breathes new life into Orwell's nightmare -- Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984 In Julia, Sandra Newman opens out the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four by looking at that novel's events from a female point of view. From Julia's life in a women's dormitory through her affair with Winston Smith and torture by the Thought Police, on to a meeting with Big Brother himself, it's a fascinating reflection on totalitarianism as refracted through Orwell's times and our own -- What to read this autumn: 2023s biggest new books * The Guardian * Julia offers a female character with a rich inner life... A twisty ending in keeping with the original makes this an enjoyable read even to those unfamiliar with Nineteen Eighty-Four * Economist * Newman seems uniquely qualified to update Orwell's anti-fascist cri du cour... All the familiar lineaments are here-Airstrip One, Oceania, Big Brother, Newspeak, the Ministries of Truth and Love, the dreaded Room 101, the rats (oy, the rats), as well as every character, many of them revised in clever ways... Adding a major plot twist, a nice shot of (somewhat cynical) hope, and more graphic sex should win over even purists * Kirkus * A provocative, feminist retelling... Julia's narrative voice is refreshingly fearless as she navigates her way around the Party's nefarious thought policing, and a wicked plot twist spins the original narrative on its ear. Newman adds a fresh coat of menacing grey to Orwell's gloomy world * Publishers Weekly * This brilliant novel is about as ambitious as you can get... The novel closely follows the original story, but also expands on it, opening up new corners of the world to make it even darker, more vividly real... This is not a rewriting of Nineteen Eighty-Four; it's a faithful, respectful retelling of a familiar story from a fresh new angle. Wonderful * Booklist * Sandra Newman opens out the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four by looking at that novel's events from a female point of view. From Julia's life in a women's dormitory through her affair with Winston Smith and torture by the Thought Police, on to a meeting with Big Brother himself, it's a fascinating reflection on totalitarianism as refracted through Orwell's times and our own * Guardian * Newman does much more than update Nineteen Eighty-Four, she makes it seem essential reading all over again... exhilarating * The Sunday Times * Newman is a powerful writer and particularly smart on the historical resonances... The violence is sickening, and meant to be. Newman never leaves you alone, never turns off the light, never gives it a rest until, strapped in our chair, we learn the meaning of HARDREAD... it's beautifully done * The Times * Called simply Julia, Newman's novel is so ingenious, sensitive to the original, and above all witty that one can imagine Orwell thoroughly enjoying it * Daily Telegraph * A vibrant, full-blooded book that adheres to the spirit of the original while tearing elements of it - namely the character of Winston Smith - to pieces... What is so wonderful about this is not just its depiction of Julia as even cleverer than you might imagine, but also its rich understanding of what Orwell meant about society's three strata locked in an endless battle for supremacy * I Paper * Dazzlingly clever * I Newspaper * Excellent... Bold, eloquent

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SANDRA NEWMAN is the author of the Bailey's Prize-longlisted The Country of Ice Cream Star, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award), Cake, The Heavens and The Men. She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia Creative Writing program and now lives in New York.