1984 Chapter One

What kind of book did winston have in his possession that could be punished by death if it was detected?

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"The thing that he was about to do was to open a diary. This was not illegal

(nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least by twentyfive years in a forced-labour camp."