Orwell's Roses (Hardback)
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Orwell's Roses (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 21/10/2021
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From a Hertfordshire cottage to Russia and Colombia, Solnit ranges widely in a characteristically insightful and intelligent attempt to reappraise the work of George Orwell and also reflect upon our relationship with the natural world.  

Roses, pleasure and politics: a fresh take on Orwell as an avid gardener, whose political writing was grounded in his passion for the natural world. 'I loved this book... An exhilarating romp through Orwell's life and times' Margaret Atwood 'Expansive and thought-provoking' Independent Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening - George Orwell Inspired by her encounter with the surviving roses that Orwell is said to have planted in his cottage in Hertfordshire, Rebecca Solnit explores how his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, illuminates his other commitments as a writer and antifascist, and the intertwined politics of nature and power. Following his journey from the coal mines of England to taking up arms in the Spanish Civil War; from his prescient critique of Stalin to his analysis of the relationship between lies and authoritarianism, Solnit finds a more hopeful Orwell, whose love of nature pulses through his work and actions. And in her dialogue with the author, she makes fascinating forays into colonial legacies in the flower garden, discovers photographer Tina Modotti's roses, reveals Stalin's obsession with growing lemons in impossibly cold conditions, and exposes the brutal rose industry in Colombia. A fresh reading of a towering figure of the 20th century which finds solace and solutions for the political and environmental challenges we face today, Orwell's Roses is a remarkable reflection on pleasure, beauty, and joy as acts of resistance. 'Luminous...It is efflorescent, a study that seeds and blooms, propagates thoughts, and tends to historical associations' New Statesman 'A genuinely extraordinary mind, whose curiosity, intelligence and willingness to learn seem unbounded' Irish Times

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783785452
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 22 mm

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“For all fans of Solnit, Orwell, gardening and anti-fascism alike”

This is a wonderful, meandering read. Solnit delves into the life of George Orwell, but this is no straightforward biography. She explores how Orwell is today perhaps the most consistently referenced writer of the... More

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“Moving, insightful, wide-ranging”

"In the spring of 1936 a writer planted roses." Rebecca Solnit uses this statement as the jumping-off point for an extraordinary book about George Orwell and what his planting of roses means. This is not a... More

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“Fascinating”

I’m completely absorbed. The fact that George Orwell’s life was one of fascinating depth and complexity is well documented, but what Rebecca Solnit has uncovered in this book is a new layer of the great essayist’s... More

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