Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
The classic novel of a post-literate future, FAHRENHEIT 451 stands alongside Orwell′s 1984 and Huxley′s BRAVE NEW WORLD as a prophetic account of Western civilization′s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury′s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to creat a novel which, fifty years on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
About the Author
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
``Ray Bradbury's gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world' Barack Obama `Fahrenheit 451 is the most skilfully drawn of all science fiction's conformist hells'Kingsley Amis `Bradbury's is a very great and unusual talent'Christopher Isherwood `Ray Bradbury has a powerful and mysterious imagination which would undoubtedly earn the respect of Edgar Allen Poe' Guardian
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th April 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 16.4 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: Special edition