Big Brother is back.
George Orwell's dystopian 1949 novel "1984" is currently experiencing a renaissance in light of the recent National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance leaks.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the book jumped an incredible 3,100 percent to number 6 on Amazon's "movers and shakers" list.
The book jumped 7,000 percent earlier in the day.
Its current sales rank is now 194 from 6,208, a spectacular leap for a book written more than a half-century ago.
The recent leaks that exposed a massive surveillance program conducted by the NSA have some claiming that Orwell was prophetic in his description of a state that tracked not only the movements, but also the thoughts, of its citizens.
"Throwing out such a broad net of surveillance is exactly the kind of threat Orwell feared," Michael Shelden, author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography told NPR.
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"What he saw was that over time, surveillance would become pervasive," Shelden said. "He just took that idea and expanded it in Nineteen Eighty-Four to basically a police state."
Oddly, Obama defended the surveillance program last Friday while referencing the novel: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we've struck the right balance."
Others believe that Franz Kafka's novels like "The Castle" and "The Trial," about the banal evil in out-of-control bureaucracies, are more apt to the NSA scandal.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the sales jump for 1984 was a nice birthday present for the book, which celebrated its 64th anniversary on June 8.
It is not the first time that US government policies have sparked a book-buying spree.
The 2008 bank bailout saw sales of Ayn Rand's ode to capitalism "Atlas Shrugged" soar.