© 1983 “Longman Group Ltd.”. GB, Essex, Harlow. ISBN 0 582 53658 8
He was alone. The past was dead, the future was unimaginable. What certainty had he that a single human creature now living was on his side?
He took a twenty-five cent piece out of his pocket. There, too, in tiny clear lettering, the same slogans were inscribed, and on the other face of the coin the head of Big Brother. Even from the coin the eyes pursued you. On coins, on stamps, on the covers of books, on banners, on posters, and on the wrappings of a cigarette packet — everywhere. Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.
© Introduciton by Gwyneth Roberts
© Longman Group Limited 1983
Longman House, Burnt Mill, Harlow,
Essex CM20, 2JE, England
Cover illustration by Peter Elson