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It is a controversial interpretation in the literary world. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Russian Affairs, Maria Zakharova, rejected the thesis that George Orwell, in his book “1984”, was critical of totalitarian regimes. Instead, the diplomatic official believes that the British writer was addressing The end of liberalism.
For many years we believed that Orwell described the horrors of totalitarianism. This is one of the biggest global mistakes, said Maria Zakharova, asserting that the English writer “written about the end of liberalism.” “He described how humanistic liberalism would lead to a dead end.”
In a conference in which the spokeswoman participated on Saturday, she cited it guardianThe Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman faced the possibility of Russia living in a totalitarian state – similar to the one described by George Orwell. However, Maria Zakharova rejected these criticisms: Orwell wrote neither about the Soviet Union nor about us.
“He wrote about the society in which he lives, and about the collapse of liberal ideas,” the official continued, asserting that people “were led to believe that Orwell did not write” about liberal regimes. “The West is the one who lives in a fantasy world.”
Published in 1949, the book has been interpreted as a warning of the consequences of totalitarianism and the surveillance state, as George Orwell is believed to have been inspired by the regimes of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia.
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