I have been reading a selection of Orwell’s letters. This is like reading a short version of his biography and indeed, it might be a good idea to read both the letters and a good biography at the same time. And one should add his diaries as they are now being published day by day […]
A Life in Letters George Orwell selected and annoted by Peter Davison taal: Engels gepubliceerd door: Harvill Secker eerste editie: 2010 bindwijze: gebonden isbn: 978-1-846-55355-4 pagina’s: 542 verworven via: Foyles, London → George Orwell
At its best, the internet gives us wonderful things. We already have all Darwin’s notebooks online, and now this. Perhaps everyone is already in the know, but I believe the word has to be spread. Praise The Orwell Prize! From 9th August 2008 on, they will publish as a blog Orwell’s diary annotations exactly 70 […]
“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.
fiche: Simon Leys, Orwell ou l’horreur de la politique Ik kocht dit boekje in de heerlijke boekhandel Passa Porta te Brussel. Orwell blijft me fascineren en dit leek me interessant. Terecht. Simon Leys is zelf al een interessante persoon. In 1935 geboren te Brussel als Pierre Ryckmans werd hij later een gekend sinoloog. Hij schrijft […]