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A feminist retelling of Nineteen Eighty-Four is set for publication

A feminist retelling of Nineteen Eighty-Four is set for publication

The Guardian reported that American writer Sandra Newman is writing a feminist retelling of Nineteen Eighty-Four called Julia which has been approved by Orwell’s estate.

Newman’s novel will be told from the perspective of Winston Smith’s lover, Julia. The original 1949 novel by George Orwell is set in a dystopian future ruled by a totalitarian government where individual thinking is forbidden. The story follows Winston Smith who works at The Ministry of Truth, a department that rewrites history. He starts an affair with Julia who works in another department until they are captured and sent for re-education.

According to the Guardian, Orwell’s estate revealed they have been ‘looking for some time’ for an author to write this retelling from the perspective of Julia, and that Newman ‘proved to be the perfect fit’.

Sandra Newman is the author of The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the author of The Country of Ice Cream Star which was longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Literature.

Julia will be published after the publication of Newman’s latest novel The Men, next June.