1984: Pulp friction

Today my latest eBay acquisition arrived – a 1951 US paperback edition with a pulp fiction cover and blurb that puts a spin on the storyline that’s a bit different to most interpretations. It doesn’t say ‘dystopia’ once, but instead describes, “Forbidden love and terror in a world many of us may live to see!”

Can’t help noticing on this cover what seems to be more of a homoerotic sub-text than a communist one, and I don’t remember the leather clad wrestler character either. If you’ve seen the 1956 Edmond O’Brien version, (here it’s poster asks, “Will Ecstasy Be A Crime?”) you will get the message that the proles want more sex and less politics in their entertainments. If there is a future, it lies with the proles.


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