February 22, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0141182709
ISBN - 13: 9780141182704
About the Book
A new publication of simplified Chinese edition of Animal Farm, the George Orwell classic. In Simplified Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
From the Publisher
'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others' When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. 'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong - and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished; its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain's ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell's simple, tragic fable has since become a world-famous classic. This Penguin Modern classics edition includes an introduction by Malcolm Bradbury.
From the Jacket
’It is the history of a revolution that went wrong - and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine’, wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote it at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished. Its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain’s ally, led to it being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell’s simple, tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world-famous classic.
THE AUTHORITATIVE TEXT
About the Author
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
From Our Editors
When George Orwell wrote this extraordinary classic in 1943, he was almost unable to find a publisher. Animal Farm is a broadly allegorical criticism of Stalin’s regime, which at the time was one of Britain’s allies, so no publisher would touch it. This tragic satire is literally about what happens when the animals drive Mr. Jones from the farm, rightly believing that if anyone should control their destinies it should be them. But their first noble doctrine gradually deteriorates under the reaching fingers of greed and corruption and their dream gradually becomes a horrific nightmare.