"1984" is a dystopian novel by George Orwell, published in 1949. It is set in a society where the government has total control over its citizens and their thoughts and actions, and follows the story of Winston Smith, a low-ranking member of the Party who begins to rebel against the government's oppressive rules. The book is known for its portrayal of a totalitarian society and its themes of totalitarianism, censorship, and resistance. It has been highly praised for its depiction of the dangers of absolute power and its warning about the dangers of totalitarianism. It has been widely taught in schools and is considered a classic of world literature.