Homage to Catalonia

By George Orwell
Read by Frederick Davidson

8.44 Hours 01/01/1992 unabridged
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In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the POUM militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the 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 Party of Maxist Unification (POUM) was suppressed. As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell’s analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers’ revolution and branded the POUM as Trotskyist, which provides an essential key to understanding the outcome of the war and an ironic sidelight on international Communism. It was during this period in Spain that Orwell learned for himself the nature of totalitarianism in practice, an education that laid the groundwork for his great books Animal Farm and 1984.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times Pick of Books on Catalonia's Fight for Independence

One of the National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the POUM militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the 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 Party of Maxist Unification (POUM) was suppressed.

As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell’s analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers’ revolution and branded the POUM as Trotskyist, which provides an essential key to understanding the outcome of the war and an ironic sidelight on international Communism. It was during this period in Spain that Orwell learned for himself the nature of totalitarianism in practice, an education that laid the groundwork for his great books Animal Farm and 1984.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of Orwell’s very best books and perhaps the best book that exists on the Spanish Civil War.” New Yorker
“For a firsthand account of the Spanish Civil War, turn to George Orwell’s memoir about his six months serving on the militia for the Party of Marxist Unification (P.O.U.M) to fight against fascism in Catalonia. His original plans were to report on the war, but he ended up enlisting ‘because at that time and in that atmosphere it seemed the only conceivable thing to do’…That he could have written so objective a book so soon after his almost fatal involvement in the war itself and in the partisan conflict seems miraculous.” New York Times
Homage to Catalonia is a triumph. The book lends itself to audio, not just because of Orwell’s clear, reflective reporting on the Spanish Civil War but also because of his superb descriptive powers…Frederick Davidson makes a fine reader. He sounds convincingly as Orwell might have sounded, even to the occasional use of French-accented Spanish pronunciation. The audio presentation adds a new dimension to a text which is required reading for any student of the Spanish Civil War. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Homage to Catalonia reminds us that Orwell was a superb journalist and reporter. Nobody has described the experience of this kind of warfare of 1914-1918, better than it is done here.” Julian Symons
“Clear-eyed and unflinching…At once history and a moral and imaginative experience. Thus the ‘raw material’ becomes no less a work of art than its fictional elaboration in 1984.” New York Herald Tribune Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: George Orwell

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English