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Orwell’s ‘1984’ novel lands Egyptian student in detention: report

A Cairo University student was detained for possessing George Orwell's 1984 novel

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A Cairo University student was reportedly arrested by Egyptian authorities on Sunday for carrying the “1984” novel by English author George Orwell that portrays a dystopian society ruled by the infamous “Big Brother,” an enigmatic dictator of a totalitarian state.

The 21-year-old student was detained at the main campus gate for possessing the novel, which was found among his belongings that included two cellphones, two USB drives and a hard disk, reported the Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.

Security services quoted by the newspaper said they found notes among the student’s belongings that refer to "the Islamic caliphate and ways of how it should be applied in a country."

The novel, considered among the most cited works of dystopian fiction in literature, tells the story of Winston Smith and his attempt to rebel against a dictatorial ruling party.