Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

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'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: Florida : Harcourt, Inc., 1952, c1980.
ISBN: 9780141183053
Branch Call Number: 946. 081 ORW O 1980
Characteristics: xxiii, 232 p.
Additional Contributors: Trilling, Lionel 1905-1975.


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Apr 18, 2019

Orwell's work is often employed as a rejoinder to the anti-fascist rhetoric of stalwart leftists, but the man himself was a democratic socialist. None of his texts make this clearer than Homage to Catalonia, which describes his time fighting Fascists alongside Marxists, unionists, anarchists and all kinds of other dirty words.

This historical text describes a vivid and vital moment in history. We should ask ourselves: why do we assign 1984 or Animal Farm to children rather than this non-fiction, first-person account of anti-fascist struggle?

Jan 15, 2019

A fascinating account of Orwell's service in the Spanish Civil War under the POUM. Orwell details life in the trenches, his experiences in combat, the strengths and shortcomings of the pro-Republic, anti-Franco forces; and examinations of the Spanish political situations of the time.

This might only be me, but Orwell also shows some instances of understated or downplayed humour in certain comments of his. These are short, one sentence long quips that are made regarding the circumstances he's recounting as if he were using the benefit of hindsight to his advantage.

Great read, highly reccomended!

Aug 27, 2016

Worth the read for a realistic perspective of the drudgery of his war experiences, internecine political struggles among militia groups, but most of all for Orwell's wonderful way of crafting the English language.

Ham625 Aug 01, 2014

A most worthwhile book to read.

Mark_Daly Aug 22, 2013

Orwell's clear prose and his humility in recounting his own errors and confusion during this tumultuous period make this an enduring work.

Dec 30, 2012

Orwells' greatest work. He indeed reported what was actually going on in Catalonia during those times by fighting against the Facist. I read it once and no doubt I will read it again.

jlazcan Oct 15, 2011

I feel this is George Orwell's best work. "1984" and "Animal Farm" are obviously his best recognized/prized books, but I enjoy non-fiction more than fiction. The book is amazingly timeless and holds up well for being written in the late 1930s. I am also a sucker for the Spanish Civil War. This is a really entertaining and informative book. Orwell explains with clarity the Spanish political and social environment of the time especially in Barcelona. His first hand account as a Brit in 1930s Spain is fantastic. If you start this book you may not put it down.

SB2000 May 03, 2011

In my view, one of Orwell's best: I read it once a year. A description of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War - especially as the communists took over the revolution and turned on the other leftist groups. From his description of life in revolutionary Barcelona; his experiences with the Republican militias; trench life and being shot; the chaos and mutual suspicion of the city during the purges, it is gripping reading. It also comes with one of the most prescient and best written final paragraphs ever!

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