Homage to Catalonia

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1952 - History - 232 pages
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In 1936 George Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War. Instead he joined the militia of the P.O.U.M. - Party of Marxist Unification - to fight against the Fascists.

In this now justly famous account of his experience, Orwell describes the bleak and comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed. As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell's uncompromising effort to sort out the partisan politics that plagued the Republican cause. His analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers' revolution and branded the P.O.U.M. as Trotskyist provides a key to the outcome of the war and an ironic sidelight on international communism.

 

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Homage to Catalonia describes Orwell's experience in the Spanish Civil War. There are three main strands in it: his experiences at the front, his experiences in street fighting in Barcelona, and his ... Read full review

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Anyone seeking a complete understanding of the Spanish Civil War should read this book. Orwell went to Spain to report on the war, but upon his arrival decided that it was more important to fight ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter I
3
Chapter II
15
Chapter III
23
Chapter IV
38
Chapter V
46
Chapter VI
72
Chapter VII
86
Chapter VIII
101
Chapter X
121
Chapter XI
150
Chapter XII
180
Chapter XIII
195
Chapter XIV
214
Back Matter
233
Back Cover
235
Spine
236

Chapter IX
108

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About the author (1952)

George Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on June 25, 1903 in Motihari in Bengal, India and later studied at Eton College for four years. He was an assistant superintendent with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma. He left that position after five years and moved to Paris, where he wrote his first two books: Burmese Days and Down and Out in Paris and London. He then moved to Spain to write but decided to join the United Workers Marxist Party Militia. After being decidedly opposed to communism, he served in the British Home Guard and with the Indian Service of the BBC during World War II. After the war, he wrote for the Observer and was literary editor for the Tribune. His best known works are Animal Farm and 1984. His other works include A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, and Coming Up for Air. He died on January 21, 1950 at the age of 46.

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