Brave New World von Aldous Huxley
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Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian classic Brave New World predicts – with eerie clarity – a terrifying vision of the future, which feels ever closer to our own reality.
'The best science fiction book ever, definitely the most prescient…’ Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus
‘A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it’ Margaret Atwood
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress...
Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.
WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY MARGARET ATWOOD AND DAVID BRADSHAW
A grave warning... Provoking, stimulating, shocking and dazzling' Observer
Aldous Huxley was born on 26 July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early 20s, but it was his first novel,
Crome Yellow (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by
Antic Hay (1923),
Those Barren Leaves (1925) and
Point Counter Point (1928) – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society. For most of the 1920s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in
Along the Road (1925). The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work
Brave New World (published in 1932 this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material 'progress') and the pacifist novel
Eyeless in Gaza (1936) were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as
Music at Night (1931) and
Ends and Means (1937). In 1937, at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world's problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction (
Time Must Have a Stop,1944, and
Island, 1962) and non-fiction (
The Perennial Philosophy, 1945;
Grey Eminence, 1941; and the account of his first mescalin experience,
The Doors of Perception, 1954. Huxley died in California on 22 November 1963.