1984 is a dystopian novella by George Orwell. It was published in 1949 and gives a chilling insight into a totalitarian world. It follows the life of Winston Smith who lives in Oceania and feels disturbed by the omnipresence of the Party and the ever-watchful ‘Big Brother’. The brilliance of 1984 lies in Orwell’s haunting vision of a nightmarish, bureaucratic world where one man sets out to find individuality. 1984 is a seminal text of the 20th century and some of its concepts such as 'Big Brother' and the 'Thought Police' have entered mainstream culture and made a lasting impression on readers. Here is a summary of the book in this video.