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Amidst increasing tension between the media and the Trump administration, sales of George Orwell's 1984 continue to skyrocket.

We couldn't possibly think why.

Although if we were to guess, it might have something to do with senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway defending Sean Spicer's lies as "alternative facts".

According to CNN's Reliable Sources, Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty says "alternative facts" is in fact an Orwellian phrase.

One is also reminded of 'doublethink', a key concept in the totalitarian regime of Orwell's dystopian future.

Simply put, doublethink is the ability to consider two completely opposing facts or views, and believe both simultaneously to be true.

And while the tragic tale of Winston Smith's disillusionment, rebellion and ultimate capitulation remains a bastion of the 'authoritarianism' genre, it's not the only one.

Here are the seven other outstanding novels that explore themes of authoritarian regimes, and that chime uncomfortably with the daily Trump digest...

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