George Orwell's dystopian classic '1984' has experienced a sales surge since the National Security Agency's surveillance program has been in the headlines.
Oscar Wilde once said that “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”
Rarely has that proven more true than in recent weeks when revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program has drawn countless comparisons to the police state depicted in George Orwell’s novel “1984."
In fact, so chilling are the parallels for many Americans that sales of the dystopian novel have skyrocketed following news of the government’s spying program.
As of Tuesday, Amazon sales of Orwell’s “1984” surged 6,021 percent in just 24 hours, according to NPR.
Based on Orwell’s observations of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany, the novel, published in 1949, warns of the dangers of government surveillance. It paints a picture of a state constantly tracking the thoughts and actions of its citizens, crystallized in its slogan “Big Brother is watching you.”