Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it.
Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies.
A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
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“Captivating memory of the Spanish Civil War”
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“Great storytelling but mired in too much political analysis”
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“Spanish civil war experience”
I love this book. Orwell is so engaging and I recommend it if you like his books or enjoy reading biographical works. Orwell relays his experiences fighting in the Spanish civil war. One of my favourites.
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