Myanmar Animal Kingdom

Animal Farm is a dystopian allegorical novella by George Orwell. Published in England on 17 August 1945, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. Orwell, a democratic socialist and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Joseph Stalin and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences with the NKVD during the Spanish Civil War. In a letter to Yvonne Davet, Orwell described Animal Farm as his novel “contre Stalin”.[2]

The original title was Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, but the subtitle was dropped by the US publishers for its 1946 publication and subsequently all but one of the translations during Orwell’s lifetime omitted the addition. Other variations in the title include: A Satire and A Contemporary Satire.[2] Orwell suggested for the French translation the title Union des républiques socialistes animales, recalling the French name of the Soviet Union, Union des républiques socialistes soviétiques, and which abbreviates URSA, which means “bear”, a symbol of Russia, in Latin.[2]

Time magazine chose the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels (1923 to 2005);[3] it also places at number 31 on the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels. It won a Retrospective Hugo Award in 1996 and is also included in the Great Books of the Western World.

The novel addresses not only the corruption of the revolution by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and myopia destroy any possibility of a Utopia. While this novel portrays corrupt leadership as the flaw in revolution (and not the act of revolution itself), it also shows how potential ignorance and indifference to problems within a revolution could allow horrors to happen if smooth transition to a people’s government isn’t satisfied.

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One Response to “Myanmar Animal Kingdom”

  1. nyiwin Says:

    A good political satire!
    I have read the book when I was young as my father had it in his collection. It is a small book, about one third the thickness of a novel of those times_1960s, i.e. about 1/4 – 3/8 in thick. I read it several times and at the time, Burma was under BSPP socialist leadership and what Orwell wrote have similarities to us, but of course some are different as he alluded to the Communist USSR.
    What I remember is the sign at their farm which at first was: All Animals are Equal
    later, it was changed by the pigs (leaders) without the knowledge of other animals to: All Animals are Equal except Pigs!
    I hope my memory is correct, for it has been over 30 years since I last read it.

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