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Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters

November 8th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters

Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters

“I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies,” writes Christopher Hitchens in Why Orwell Matters, a brilliant exhumation of a misunderstood hero. How does one get at a figure like Orwell, whose very name has entered the modern lexicon, his legacy permeating popular consciousness as a symbol of both radical conscience and moral authority?

Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

November 3rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Boeken Maarten | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

Arguably collects Hitchens’ writing on politics, literature and religion when he was at the zenith of his career; it is the indispensable companion to the finest English essayist since Orwell.

straffeloosheid, komt er ooit een einde aan?

November 12th, 2012  |  by  |  published in geschiedenis, mensenrechten, politieke leugens | Comments Off on straffeloosheid, komt er ooit een einde aan?

straffeloosheid, komt er ooit een einde aan?

Zullen we ooit het einde van straffeloosheid beleven? Straffeloosheid van misdadige regeringsleiders of topambtenaars, bedoel ik dan. Twijfelachtig, hoewel er stappen in de goede richting gezet worden. Maar het lijkt wel een processie van Echternach: enkele stappen vooruit, enkele achteruit. De aanhouding van dictator Pinochet in Londen in 1998 was een belangrijk signaal aan alle […]

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

November 12th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

Mortality Christopher Hitchens taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Atlantic Bookseerste editie: 2012bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 978-1-84887-921-8pagina’s: 106 verworven via: Amazon

Christopher Hitchens, The trial of Henry Kissinger

November 12th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens, The trial of Henry Kissinger

Christopher Hitchens, The trial of Henry Kissinger

The trial of Henry Kissinger Christopher Hitchens taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Atlantic Bookseditie: 2012bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 978-0-85789-835-7pagina’s: 247 verworven via: Amazon

another Hitchens

January 2nd, 2012  |  by  |  published in English texts, miscellanea | Comments Off on another Hitchens

Thanks to Crooked Timber I read an interesting opinion on the late Christopher Hitchens by his colleague Katha Pollitt at The Nation. Christopher Hitchens, my colleague for twenty years, was clever, hilarious, generous to his friends, combative, prodigiously energetic and fantastically productive. He could write with equal ease about Philip Larkin, capital punishment, Henry Kissinger […]

Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

December 16th, 2011  |  by  |  published in English texts, essays | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

Last Friday, December 16, I was eating my breakfast while reading Christopher Hitchens latest collection of essays, Arguably. Some people think that reading while eating is a bad habit, but I really enjoy this. Coffee, bread and cheese, soft music and a good book. What more do you want? Unless of course my loved one […]

Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

December 9th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

Christopher Hitchens, Arguably

Arguably Christopher Hitchens taal: Engels gepubliceerd door: Atlantic Books eerste editie: 2011 bindwijze: gebonden isbn: 978-0-85789-255-3 pagina’s: 788 verworven via: Amazon

Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters

January 1st, 2008  |  by  |  published in Boeken Janantoon | Comments Off on Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters

Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters

“I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies,” writes Christopher Hitchens in Why Orwell Matters, a brilliant exhumation of a misunderstood hero. How does one get at a figure like Orwell, whose very name has entered the modern lexicon, his legacy permeating popular consciousness as a symbol of both radical conscience and moral authority?
Trenchant and critical, this biographical essay assesses the life and myth of the twentieth century’s foremost political writer. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the façade of Orwell’s sainthood and rebuts his critics point by point. Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell’s outlook remains indispensable even in a vastly changed world. Christopher Hitchens, one of the most incisive minds of our time, meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit, contention and historical truth.



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