Author-itative Adjectives, pt. I
“Orwellian” usually means some aspect of a totalitarian government and/or dystopian future, as described in George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.”
“Kafkaesque” usually describes baffling, overcomplicated, and irrational bureaucracies, or some other utterly illogical nightmare scenario, as endured by many characters in Franz Kafka’s writings.
“Dickensian” usually (but not always) suggests poor and squalid working and living conditions, as those described in 19th century England in Charles Dickens’ works.