Saturday, 10 December 2016
I live in the exact place - Jesmond - that inspired the world of Orwell's 1984
This plaque is situated to the right for the front door:
As the plaque states, Zamyatin went on to write We - which is credited to be the first futuristic 'dystopian' novel - and is generally regarded as the model for George Orwell's 1984.
But We was actually a development of the earlier story The Islanders, a satire about the life and people of Jesmond:
Which means that I live in the exact place upon-which was modelled the world of Orwell's 1984.
Note: the other Orwell connection is described here:
which demonstrates that Orwell intended to be buried in Jesmond (alongside his wife) - buried, that is, in the prototype of 1984! That would have made an amusing irony.