Banned Books in Australia A Special Collections-Art in the Library Exhibition

Carolyn Thompson

Winston and Julia: A Love Story

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'Books were recalled and re-written again and again, and were invariably re-issued without any admission that any alteration had been made.' George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

There is a certain irony that the novel Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell was so widely banned. A book describing a totalitarian government that is all seeing, all knowing and restricts all freedom, that censors and edits what society reads and consumes, was in turn censored by governments. Winston and Julia: A Love Story is a manipulation of Orwell’s novel.  All of the original political content has been eliminated. The remaining sentences or part sentences are left in their legitimate order, creating an entirely different storyline. Although it is easy to imagine the original book was banned due to its political nature, this new text highlights the immoral content of the book, no doubt an equal reason for its banning at the time. 

Handmade books with loose cover and stitched binding containing inkjet printed text work.

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