2084: The end of the world - 2084: El fin del mundo

2084: The end of the world
de Boualem Sansal View and modify data on Wikidata
Hédi Kaddour & Boualem Sansal - French Academy - Grand Prix du Roman.jpg
Photography Catherine Helie
Gender Soap opera View and modify data on Wikidata
Subgenre Science fiction and political novel View and modify data on Wikidata
Topic (s) Dystopia View and modify data on Wikidata
Set in 2084 View and modify data on Wikidata
Original edition in French View and modify data on Wikidata
Original title 2084: the end of the world View and modify data on Wikidata
Editorial Gallimard editions
City Paris , Isle of France
country France View and modify data on Wikidata
Publication date 2015 View and modify data on Wikidata
pages 288
Awards Grand Prize for Novel of the French Academy (2015) View and modify data on Wikidata
Edition translated into Spanish
Title 2084: The end of the world
Translated by Wenceslao-Carlos Lozano
Cover artist Planet Art & Design
City Barcelona, ​​Catalonia
country Spain
Publication date 2016
pages 271

2084: The end of the world (in French : 2084: la fin du monde ) is a novel dystopian of science fiction written in 2015 by Boualem Sansal and inspired by the novel 1984 by George Orwell . [ 1 ]


As in Orwell's novel, this one describes a totalitarian regime , with the difference being strongly inspired by Islam . All thoughts, all actions and movements are subject to the commands of Yölah under the control of Abi, the prophet . [ 2 ]

The inhabitants of Abistan, the name given to the Earth as a whole, live in a prison world in which their faith is controlled by the judges, who decide whether to compensate them for their fidelity or punish them with death. Everything happens in a world ruled by revisionist authorities .

Society lives in the belief of a god (Yölah) "wise and just". The believer must be, according to the novel, an "honest and fraternal worker among his community." Sansal resorted to Orwell's novel to establish a perpetual war against an external enemy with the aim of distracting the Abistani population, who must endure various hardships while being controlled by the Religious Police. [ 1 ]

The role of religion is to control each individual, including their personal life. As for languages, they have all been banned and replaced by an artificial language named: "abilingua". [ 2 ]

The main protagonist is Ati, a young man who, breaking the law, begins to feel the yearning for freedom and decides to investigate if there is another world apart from his own. [ 3 ] [ 1 ]


Abistan is the only empire on the face of the Earth and is controlled by the Prophet and Delegate of Yölah, Abi. In this place most of the plot takes place. The system is based on amnesia and submission to a single god and faith, with no room for doubt. All free thinking is prohibited and an omnipresent surveillance system ensures that this law is enforced.

According to the authorities and the Gkabul, a holy book similar to the Koran , "there is no before 2084." [ 3 ] [ 2 ] However, the Ati itself begins to question official truths and investigates the life of the ghettos, whose population lives without the need for religion.

Soon the intrigue becomes apparent when an archaeologist discovers a find that threatens to shake the historic foundations of Abistan. Consequently, Ati, along with his friend Koa, embarks on a long clandestine journey through the Empire in an effort to discover the truth. [ 2 ]


Awards and nominations

Year Prize Result [ 4 ] [ 1 ]
2015 Grand Prize for Novel of the French Academy Winner
2015 Goncourt Prize Winner
2015 Premio Medici Winner
2015 Femina Award Winner
2015 Renaudot Award Winner
2015 Premio Interallied Winner
2015 Read Winner
2015 Le Figaro Award Winner


The criticism received was mostly positive from critics and the written press. From L'Express they noted that: "the fable, the parable and the pamphlet of a dictatorship without a history written by a ghostly pen leaves the reader speechless." [ 5 ] In Libération it is written: "the reader will be carried away by the nightmare of living in 2084 ". [ 6 ] The magazine Télérama affirms that the novel "offers a warning of the Islamist danger ". [ 7 ] On the contrary, in Paris Matchthey were more critical and accused the novel of "feeding Islamophobia ". [ 8 ]

See also


  1. ^ A b c d Vélez Nieto, Francisco (November 9, 2016). "'2084 The End of the World', Boualem Sansal's multi-award winning book" . World wide . Retrieved November 12, 2016 .
  2. ^ A b c d Richter-Boix, Aka (October 29, 2015). "2084: Aboualem Sansal and his end of the world" . Yokai Books . Retrieved November 12, 2016 .
  3. ^ A b Narbona, Rafael (September 30, 2016). 2084. The end of the world . The Cultural . Retrieved November 12, 2016 .
  4. «LITERARY CONVERSATION, Boualem Sansal presents" 2084: The end of the world " » . Institut Français . Archived from the original on November 6, 2016 . Retrieved November 12, 2016 .
  5. Payot, Marianne (31 de agosto de 2015). " " 2084. The end of the world ", the shocking book by Boualem Sansal" . L'Express (in French) . Consultado el 12 de noviembre de 2016 .
  6. ^ Le Touzet, Jean-Louis (28 de agosto of 2015). "SANSAL, UNDER THE SIGN OF THE VERSET" 1984 "ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER" . Liberation (in French) . Consultado el 12 de noviembre de 2016 .
  7. Abescat, Michel (September 29, 2015). "The committed Algerian writer once again uses his incisive pen as a weapon against Islamism, imagining an infernal theocracy." . http://www.telerama.fr/livres/2084-la-fin-du-monde,132147.php (in French) . Consultado el 12 de noviembre de 2016 .
  8. Sansal's bad dream on the Paris Match website, October 13, 2015