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Sales of Orwell’s dystopian classic '1984' soar after 'alternative facts’ and Trump claims

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 January, 2017, 10:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 January, 2017, 11:02am

After incorrect or unprovable statements made by Republican President Donald Trump and some White House aides, one truth is undeniable: Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 are soaring.

First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” topped the best-seller list of Amazon.com as of Tuesday evening. The sales bump comes after the Trump administration’s assertions his inauguration had record attendance and his unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway coined an instant catchphrase Sunday when she called Trump’s claims about crowd size “alternative facts,” bringing comparisons on social media to 1984.

Orwell’s book isn’t the only cautionary tale on the Amazon list. At No. 46 was Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel about the election of an authoritarian president It Can’t Happen Here.

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was at No. 71. Sales also were up for Hannah Arendt’s seminal non-fiction analysis The Origins of Totalitarianism.