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Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm

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After having spent years working on the manuscript, George Orwell struggled to find a publisher for Animal Farm. An anti-Soviet satire was not welcome at a time when the West needed Stalin to fight Hitler, and leading intellectuals still believed in the promise of the Russian Revolution. Orwell managed to publish his "fairy tale" in 1945 at a small press for £100. Soon aft ...more
Kindle Edition, 71 pages
Published 2012
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Gisela Hausmann
Love this book. It connected with things I had done in the past in so many ways.

I read "Animal Farm" when I still lived in Austria at a summer camp I attended to improve my English speaking skills. The teacher was a young Brit, who taught English and history, hence was able to explain his love for the book.

Finally, now I put all pieces of the puzzle together. Andrea Chalupa describes how "Animal Farm" was discovered and distributed by Ukranian refugees, people who had firsthand knowledge of Sta
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Charles
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Immediately after the end of the Second World War in Europe and before the start of the Cold War between the Soviet block and the Allies, there was a period of cooperation. The allied forces led by the Americans were willing to do what Soviet leader Joseph Stalin wanted, that included the transfer of people originally from the Soviet Union that ended up in other European nations.
A large block of Ukrainians were in Allied held territory and Stalin wanted them back. Due to the deliberate famine
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PL
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good if meandering look at how Animal Farm affected the post-WWII era. Airdrop this over KSA, Iran, Belarus, N. Korea, China, Venezuela imho.
Міля Байрачна
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Andrea’s book was not only inspiring, but also relatable. As the descendent of former DPs who survived the Holodomor and Stalin's horrors, this book brought me to tears. Her stories are my family's stories; stories that are finally being written down and told.

Her heartfelt stories about the connection of Animal Farm to Ukrainian DPs and her own family history leaves a deep resonance with the reader.

Her story was also one of an underdog, George Orwell, who struggled to publish a book that expose
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Marco
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ein kleines, wundersames Werk, das vor persönlichem Hintergrund so strotzt und neben der Geschichte der "Animal Farm" sehr einigen Hintergrund zur ukrainischen Diaspora in Deutschland der damaligen Zeit liefert.

In dem Sinne sehr lesenswert und ebenso kurzweilig. Man merkt dem Buch die Liebe zur eigenen Familie an, die in ihm steckt.
JanetO
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent

A glimpse into what was really going in on the USSR during the days of Stalin. Fascinating personal weaving of those horrific realities with Orwell's Animal Farm.
Oksana
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Маленька, але вражаюча книга. Тут історія створення і видання "Колгоспу тварин" українською мовою (Animal Farm вперше було перекладено саме українською) переплетена з історіями з життя біженців від комуністичного режиму. Завжди важко читати про злочини цього режиму, повного крові та ненависті, але це неодмінно треба робити.
Courtney Hartley
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Quick read, puts Animal Farm into some great context, which is something I've been really interested in lately [putting various bits of history/pieces of art in context with each other]. It's a $1 Kindle book and worth your time in my opinion.
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