In his 1932 classic dystopian novel, Brave New World, Aldous Huxley depicted a future society in thrall to science and regulated by sophisticated methods of social control. Nearly thirty years later in Brave New World Revisited, Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth. Brave New World Revisited includes Huxley's views on overpopulation, propaganda, advertising and government control, and is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.
Huxley’s classic is bookended by the original introduction by Margaret Atwood and his fascinating non-fiction work, written in 1958, in which he compares the modern-day world with the dystopian fantasy he envisioned in Brave New World. Nearly thirty years after the publication of Brave New World, Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality in Brave New World Revisited and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth. Sharing his views on issues such as overpopulation, propaganda, the art of selling and brainwashing, Huxley gives a vigorous, astute analysis of the nature of power and authority in modern society. Brave New World Revisited is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.
The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's vision of the future -- of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley's most enduring masterpiece. Following Brave New World is the nonfiction work Brave New World Revisited, first published in 1958. It is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with the prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including threats to humanity, such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.
Examensarbeit aus dem Jahr 2001 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 2.0, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Staatliches Prüfungsamt, Münster), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die rund dreißig Jahre, die zwischen Aldous Huxleys negativer Utopie Brave New World und seiner eigenen Rezension dieses Werkes, dem Essayband Brave New World Revisited, vergingen, spiegeln annähernd jene Zeit der Weltgeschichte wider, in der sich der Sowjetkommunismus zur weltweiten Supermacht mit zahlreichen kommunistischen Satellitenstaaten entwickelte. Der erstmalige Start von Weltraumsatelliten (Sputnik) in den Jahren 1957/58 markierte den Höhepunkt einer weltweiten Überlegenheit des kommunistischen Gesellschaftssystems gegenüber den kapitalistischen Demokratien des Westens. Während dieser Zeit hat Aldous Huxley in vielen seiner fiktionalen und nicht-fiktionalen Werke direkt Bezug auf Entwicklungen und Ereignisse im kommunistischen Russland genommen. Huxleys Beobachtungen und Kritik sind jedoch nicht auf die Ideen und die praktische Umsetzung des Kommunismus russischer Denkart beschränkt, sondern seine Kritik ist von grundsätzlicher philosophischer Natur. Eine für Huxley typische Vorgehensweise in seinen nicht-fiktionalen systemkritischen Texten ist die Erklärung tatsächlicher geschichtlicher Fehlentwicklungen aufgrund theoretischer Überlegungen. Daher kommt es sehr häufig vor, dass Huxley seine Kritik, zum Beispiel die an Gesellschaftssystemen, gleichzeitig an mehrere "Adressaten" (Kommunisten, Faschisten, Nationalisten) richtet.
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The astonishing novel Brave New World, originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's legendary vision of a world of tomorrow utterly transformed. In Huxley's darkly satiric yet chillingly prescient imagining of a "utopian" future, humans are genetically designed and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded and as a thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment. This deluxe edition also includes the nonfiction work "Brave New World Revisited," "a thought-jabbing, terrifying book" (Chicago Tribune), first published in 1958. It is a fascinating essay in which Huxley compares the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World. He scrutinizes threats to humanity such as overpopulation, propaganda, and chemical persuasion, and explains why we have found it virtually impossible to avoid them. With a Foreword by Christopher Hitchens