1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) is a dystopian novel written by George Orwell and published in 1949. This science fiction work is widely regarded as a reference in political literature, with a number of terms (such as Big Brother, Thought Police or newspeak) now part of common usage.
1984 describes a postnuclear world where totalitarian regimes are engaged in a perpetual war. The strength of the Oceania superstate is based on propaganda and population control. The hero, Winston Smith, is an employee of the Ministry of Truth who has the task of erasing traces of the past that interfere with the party's propaganda. Having more and more difficulty in accepting the lies that the government is trying to make people believe, he is increasingly becoming more inclined to revolt. But he is finally caught by the police in charge of hunting down opponents and murdered.