Ray Bradbury's novel imagines a world where books are banned from all
areas of life - and possessing, let alone reading them, is forbidden.
The protagonist, Montag, is a fireman responsible for destroying what
remains. But as his pleasure gives way to doubt, the story raises critical
questions of how to preserve one's mind in a society where free will, self-expression, and curiosity are under
In Montag's world, mass media has a monopoly on information, erasing
almost all ability for independent thoguht. Gradually, he begins to question the basis of his work and society.
This dystopic place is governed by surveillance, robotics, and virtual
reality - a vision that proved remarkably prescient but also spoke to
the concerns of the time when it was written, in 1953.
What are the consequences of taking the troubling features of the world around us to an
extreme? Does this sound familiar? Does our apathy give rise to far-right governments?