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1984 Isn’t the Only Book Enjoying a Revival

Works by Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck, and Hannah Arendt have also had a spike in interest over the past year.

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George Orwell’s 1984 is, at this moment, the best-selling book of any genre at—quite a feat for any novel, let alone one published 67 years ago. The resurgence of interest in Orwell’s dystopian portrait of an authoritarian society in which facts have been eliminated is credited to an interview on Meet the Press on Sunday, in which the presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd that administration claims about inauguration attendees weren’t falsehoods but “alternative facts.” Many responded

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