World No. 1 female tennis player Iga Świątek shared her reading experience, saying that she wanted to read George Orwell when she played at the French Open last month, but her psychologist Daria Telling her not to watch it during the competition, because it takes a lot of effort and is not the best way to rest. Known for her reading habit, the 21-year-old has read a lot at a young age, and she doesn't forget to read during games. Exactly why Servierti wanted to read Orwell is a good question.
The British writer, who participated in the banner design Spanish Civil War, wrote "1984" and "Animal Farm", which are hailed as the most thorough works on totalitarian society. Books written in the 1940s are not at all outdated today. Born in Poland, Servierti was born in a democratized Poland and had no experience of living in a totalitarian country. But presumably her parents and grandparents must have told her about the governance in the Iron Curtain era and how to get there step by step. In the early 1980s, the Solidarity movement was banned, a large number of citizens were imprisoned and exiled, civil society disintegrated, and then the tyranny was successfully overthrown.
Servierti's generation must be grateful for the sacrifices of their predecessors, and only today can they go abroad and have freedom of speech. I traveled to Poland a few years ago to visit my teacher who taught me at a British university. We took the train together in Gdansk. On the train, he told me that in the era of Solidarity protests, the protesters folded the leaflets into small pieces and put them in the small garbage cans next to the seats. Passengers would read them and know about the protests. date and location. At that time, the place I came from was still a free society, with the freedom of civil association, so I was very unfamiliar with him.