SIFA 2018 | 1984 - The Book Club


Singapore poet, graphic artist and literary critic Gwee Li Sui leads a thought-provoking discussion on George Orwell’s magnum opus, 1984. Published half a century ago in 1949, the cautionary tale about state surveillance and big government never went out of style, in fact enjoying a recent renaissance on bestselling lists driven by growing concerns over fake news proliferation, online data privacy, and the global rise of strongmen politicians.

Orwell’s ground-breaking story is a fictional metaphor with an outsized influence, with numerous references from the dystopian tale now in mainstream lexicon: “big brother” used to describe authoritarian behaviour; “doublespeak” a synonym for deceptive, euphemistic language. And surpassing these, “Orwellian” — an adjective derived from the English novelist’s last name — immediately brings to mind the absolute authority described in the world of 1984.

Join Gwee as he journeys with you into this Orwellian world. Limited spaces, so register early for this stimulating discussion.

(1hr, no intermission)

*Participants are encouraged to read the book prior to the session to be able to engage with discussions on a more meaningful level

Please be seated at least 15 minutes before the programme begins. Unclaimed seats may be given away to walk-in patrons. Limited walk-in spaces are available at the venue.

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Thu Apr 26, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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Blue Room, Festival House
26 Apr, Thu, 8pm - 9pm FULL
Venue Address
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Singapore
Singapore International Festival of Arts