It is very sad that writing “1984” took all the strength out of Orwell and in the end killed him as Robert McCrum wrote in The Guardian in 2009. (S. the link above!) That he did write this book despite being critically ill, is a tremendous and totally amazing achievement! This book is a masterpiece that is being discussed now all over the world. Many people are trying to work out the exact meaning behind it. But do you and do I, that is the average person, understand it sufficiently, I wonder. Also, there may still be some people who have never heard of that book and would not have a clue about it how it might help us to understand the world better and what we could learn from it.
After all this book, 1984, is fiction. But is it really? I do wonder why, why, why does it seem to come horribly close to the truth in real life!