1984 by George Orwell

what it is about:
Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.

my opinion:
You probably already heard a lot about this book, as it is really popular. I still want to tell you: read it! It's a masterpiece.


Women As Lovers by Elfriede Jelinek

what it is about:
The setting is an idyllic Alpine village where a women's underwear factory nestles in the woods. Two factory workers, Brigitte and Paula, dream and talk about finding happiness, a comfortable home and a good man. They realise that their quest will be as hard as work at the factory. Brigitte subordinates her feelings and goes for Heinz, a young, plump, up-and-coming businessman. With Paula, feelings and dreams become confused. She gets pregnant by Erich, the forestry worker. He's handsome, so they marry. Brigitte gets it right. Paula gets it wrong.

my opinion:
This book is not as political as the other two, it's more feminist than political and it criticizes society. Jelinek is not everyone's cup of tea and, to be honest, I was a little bit scared of this book because I didn't really like the piano player when I read it some years earlier. But this book is somehow different. It's written in such a direct and still subtle way. I someone who is easily triggered by assault in books and movies and this book is full of assault and abuse but somehow it is written in a way that isn't as harsh as other books.


Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann

what it is about:
Mario and the Magician is one of Mann's most political stories. Mann openly criticizes fascism, a choice which later became one of the grounds for his exile to Switzerland following Hitler's rise to power. The sorcerer, Cipolla, is analogous to the fascist dictators of the era with their fiery speeches and rhetoric. The story was especially timely, considering the tensions in Europe when it was written. Stalin had just seized power in Russia, Mussolini was urging Italians to recapture the glory of the Roman Empire, and Hitler with his rhetoric was quickly gaining steam in Germany.

my opinion:
I first read this book without knowing anything about its political background. I didn't even know when it was written. If you don't have any political knowledge, it's simply a nice short book to read on the go (it's only about a hundred pages). Some years later, when I discovered what this book really was about and I had already some knowledge of this time, I was shocked. By that time I have already had a really intense history course and knew a lot about that time and this book got more and more amazing.


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