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    Description'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.


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    Title
    Homage to Catalonia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) George Orwell, Introduction by Julian Symon, Volume editor Peter Davison
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141183053
    ISBN 10: 0141183055
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA, HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSE
    DC22: B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Libri: ENGM1075
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Libri: ERIN2036
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000, BIO000000
    Libri: BUER4060, SPAN6000
    DC21: 946.081092
    Libri: ORWE5000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, DNBH1
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    30 March 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    George Orwell's brilliant reporting and political conscience formed an impassioned picture of his life and times. Orwell was born in India and educated at Eton. He served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922 to 1927. He returned to England where he lived for several years in poverty. Among Orwell's books are DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON, BURMESE DAYS and THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER. He is best known for the allegorical fable ANIMAL FARM and in the novel NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR.
    Review text
    A history, published in Britain shortly after the author wrote it in 1937, of the few months surrounding the Barcelona Telephone Exchange riots and what the writer determines as the Communist betrayal of all of Spain's anti-fascist forces. The crux of Orwell's writing is to show the ridiculous misrepresentations of the actual happenings in Barcelona and on the front and their meaning for the rest of Spain. The Communists were joined with the Government. Another anti-fascist faction was the P.O.U.M. or anarchist militia. They were closely allied with socialist worker movements, ready to build up a workers' revolution. In the beginning when issues were but hazily defined, Orwell joined the P.O.U.M. and fought with them- at the front. The Communists, considering anarchist-socialist revolutionary policies as presumptive, sought successfully to purge the P.O.U.M. and rendered them through messy journalism, coercive police methods, withdrawal of arms, false reports- as Trotskyists, pro-Franco, anything but the potent patriotic force they were. Thus republican Spain lost a power that could have helped beat Franco. Orwell's report is as exciting as it is meditative. With his quiet exactitude the midnight skirmishes, the political issues, and the utter futility of war come clearly into focus. Perhaps not a book to create sensation in a day when much of what happened at Barcelona has been realized, but one enlightening in terms of showing the war way toward mutual understanding and fair play. (Kirkus Reviews)