Love and Sex in a Totalitarian Society: An Exploration of Ha Jin and George Orwell

Parascandola, Louis J.
June 2005
Studies in the Humanities;Jun2005, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p38
Academic Journal
This article examines the connection between George Orwell's book "1984" and Chinese novelist Ha Jin's "Waiting" by focusing on the subjects of love and sex. The author assesses the nightmarish visions of the future presented in Orwell's totalitarian societies as opposed to the much closer memories of Ha Jin's past in the revolution in China. He states that the question about the impact of such state-driven, anti-humanitarian societies on individual freedoms has remained in these seminal works.


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