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George Orwell: a powerful echo of George Orwell in the 21st century novel Journey to Virginland

The prophetic vision of George Orwell assumes fresh urgency in Journey to Virginland, the explosive debut novel by Armen Melikian.

In his cautionary, epochal works, including the novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell presents a terrifyingly prescient specter of hyper-totalitarianism, in the process making an impassioned, albeit implicit, case for human rights, social and political justice, and, ultimately, democratic socialism. In his novel, Melikian takes the Orwellian horizon to the 21st century, weaving a wondrous tapestry with the contemporary material of ultra-sophisticated propaganda and brainwashing, technologically advanced control systems, the exigencies of the military-industrial complex, and the economic hegemonies facilitated by globalism.

Writing about Melikian’s work, Paul McCarthy, a New York Times bestselling author and professor of English at the University of Ulster, Ireland, says: “In the best sense, I’m reminded of George Orwell’s classics, and other authors of similar stature, though there is no true parallel possible with a novel as unique in concept and execution as Journey to Virginland.”

Melikian delivers his insights through the story of Dog, his book’s protagonist, who navigates through a fast-shifting world paradigm in the quest for identity and meaning. As with George Orwell, Melikian illuminates that quest with a bird’s-eye-view of historical-development patterns as well as wide-ranging commentary on philosophy, religion, art, sex, and mythology. While the enormous achievement of George Orwell has entered the very lexicon of modern political discourse, Melikian, like Orwell, establishes himself as a thinker and novelist of universal resonance, proposing a vision of human transformation as elegantly compelling as it is profoundly inspirational.

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