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August 30, 2022

#1 Animal Farm

Animal Farm, a satirical allegorical novella by George Orwell about a farm, was first released in England on August 17, 1945. It depicts the tale of a band of farm animals who rise up to confront their man farmer in an effort to establish an animal-friendly society.

Animals that have been abused and overworked on a farm take over. They went out to construct a paradise of advancement, fairness, and equality with fiery idealism and passionate slogans. The setting is therefore set for one of the most incisive satiric tales ever written—a sharp-edged fairy tale for adults that charts the progression from the revolt against oppression to totalitarianism that is just as dreadful. As Animal Farm was initially published, it was thought to be directed toward Stalinist Russia. Today, it is glaringly obvious that George Orwell’s masterpiece has a meaning and a message that are still fiercely relevant wherever and whenever liberty is attacked, regardless of the cause.

#2 1984

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a unique masterpiece that ranks among the 20th century’s most influential books; as its dystopian purgatory becomes more real, it gets more menacing. The dystopian social science fiction book Nineteen Eighty-Four by English author George Orwell serves as a warning. It was Orwell’s ninth and last book that he finished during his lifetime, and Secker & Warburg released it on June 8, 1949.

The 1949 publication of the book features political satirist George Orwell’s terrifying portrayal of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s quest for identity. The novel’s genius lies in Orwell’s prescience of contemporary life—the pervasiveness of television, the linguistic distortion—and his capacity to provide such an in-depth depiction of hell. It has been compulsory reading for students from the moment it was published and is one of the scariest books ever.


#3 Red Notice

A true-life political thriller about a wealthy American investor in Russia’s Wild East, the death of his upright young tax attorney, and his perilous mission to reveal the corruption in the Kremlin. The path of Bill Browder began in the South Side of Chicago and continued through Stanford Business School to the cutthroat 1990s world of hedge fund investment. After the fall of the Soviet Union, it proceeded in Moscow, where Browder made a fortune as the manager of the biggest investment fund in Russia. However, once he exposed the dishonest oligarchs plundering the businesses which he was financing, Vladimir Putin turned against him and ordered his expulsion from Russia in 2005.

Browder’s offices in Moscow were searched by law authorities in 2007, and $230 million in taxes that his fund’s firms had paid to the Russian government were taken. Sergei Magnitsky, the attorney for Browder, looked into the incident and found a vast criminal business. Sergei was detained and tortured for a year in pre-trial detention after testifying against the involved officials for a month. On November 16, 2009, eight guards wearing full riot gear beat him to death in an isolation chamber after handcuffing him to a bed rail.

#4 The Twilight Zone

The author of Space Invaders has written an intriguing, incantatory book about the legacy of historical crimes. In the midst of the Pinochet dictatorship, it is 1984 in Chile. A reporter who works for a dissident magazine encounters a member of the secret police and captures his statement. The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernández has a compelling and horrifying narrator who first sees this man’s face on the cover of a magazine with the words “I Tortured People” when she is a young girl. The narrator’s involvement in the darkest crimes of the regime and his dedication to speaking about them follow her into adulthood and throughout her career as a writer and documentary filmmaker.

Like a secret service agent from the future, Fernández uses extraordinary feats of imagination to follow the “man who tortured people” into dark corners of history where Yuri Gagarin, chess games, morning routines, and the eponymous TV program from the title of the book coexist with the brutal yet routine schemes of the regime.

#5 It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here is a warning on the frailty of democracy and a terrifying, unsettlingly ageless look at how fascism could take root in America. It is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later books to match the force of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. It juxtaposes scathing political satire with the terrifyingly realistic ascension of a President who becomes a tyrant to “rescue the nation” since it was written during the Great Depression when America was mainly unaware of Hitler’s aggression. It Can’t Happen Here, which is at last back in print, continues to be a particularly significant work of fiction and is as current and fresh as the news today.

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#6 The Stranger

French novelist Albert Camus wrote a novella in 1942 titled The Stranger, which was also released in English as The Outsider. Although Camus expressly disliked the term “existentialism,” its theme and attitude are sometimes regarded as instances of his philosophy, absurdism combined with existentialism.

Camus investigated what he called “the nudeness of man confronted with the ludicrous” through the tale of a regular man who unknowingly becomes involved in a senseless killing on a beach in Algeria. Published for the first time in English in 1946; a new translation by Matthew Ward.

#7 Life Of Pi

Yann Martel wrote the fantasy adventure book Life of Pi, which was released in 2001. Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, the main character and a Tamil child from Pondicherry, begins to investigate moral and practical questions at a young age. After being stuck on a ship in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days following a shipwreck, he makes it alive alongside Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger.

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