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Orwell in Spain: The Full Text of Homage to Catalonia, with Associated Articles, Reviews and Letters from the Complete Works of George Orwell

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The volume collects together, for the first time ever, Orwell's writings on his experience of the Spanish Civil War - the chaos at the Front, the futile young deaths for what became a confused cause, the antique weapons and the disappointment many British Socialists felt on arriving in Spain to help. ORWELL IN SPAIN includes the complete text of HOMAGE TO CATALONIA.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2001 by Penguin Classics (first published 2001)
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J.W. Horton
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book contains a number of documents, such letters to and from George Orwell pertaining to the time he spent in Spain in the 1930s fighting for the Spanish Revolution. But by far the most important item included in ORWELL IN SPAIN is Orwell's book, HOMAGE TO CATALONIA. This work is Orwell's first hand account of his experience fighting alongside socialists, communists, and anarchists in Spain, and I cannot stress how much this book is a political education in itself.

We have for years been he
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
George Orwell certainly needs no endorsement from me. But still, it's impossible to read this and not comment. You're left with the feeling that such a book would be impossible to write today, but then perhaps it was all but impossible then too. I wonder: is there anyone as humane and educated as Orwell willing to enlist to fight and die for what he thinks is right? Hard to imagine. Hard to imagine even Orwell's willingness to suffer cold and hunger and lice.
He does accomplishes something else
I am not going to go too much in depth with a review of 'Homage to Catalonia' (which the full version is included here - see my previous review), but this book contains probably most of the correspondence Orwell had, both with his wife whilst in Barcelona, and also the reviews he wrote of other authors and journalists' articles, pamphlets and books about the Spanish Civil War, as well as defending his own book, in the aftermath. What I believe George Orwell found most inspiring about the whole a ...more
Paul Read
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of first few months of the civil war as the city of Barcelona embraced not just a resistance movement, but a revolutionary movement spontaneously formed by the workers committees and union activists. The background to Orwell's involvement and growing politicisation is finally contextualised by this collection of letters and articles as well as the updated edit of the book. Perhaps even more revealing is the insight it leaves you as to the origins of 1984 and Animal Farm, the o ...more
Steve Gillway
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is the real deal. A sort of Homage to Catalonia deluxe, with extra letters, reviews and essays connected to Spain. It emphasises the importance of the these experiences- at the sharp end - on 1984 and Animal Farm. This experience of the Spanish civil war can help us in the present looking at modern civil wars like Syria, underlining the difficulty of making sense of the conflict and understanding the ideology behind the actions of the major players on the ground and in foreign capitals. We ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Orwell's deft and plain use of language underpin a vastly interesting and complex personal relationship with the subject of the Spanish Civil War. The additional letters combined with Homage in this book add an interesting degree of background. A must read for anyone interested in quality creative non-fiction writing and modern politics. THe book has changed my relationship with socialism.
Juan Pérez
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Con este texto se me reveló un Orwell completamente insólito, para mí ampliamente desconocido. Un hombre capaz de tomar un fusil e internarse en el frente de Aragón, donde fue herido (una bala le atravesó el cuello). El libro se estructura en torno a Homenaje a Cataluña, al que se añaden cartas y otros escritos y publicaciones, que ayudan a comprender el espíritu de la época. Tras los sucesos de mayo de 1937 (enfrentamiento entre anarquistas y el estado republicano en Barcelona), Orwell, que era ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Orwell in Spain is basically a significantly extended edition of Homage to Catalonia with content culled from Davison's Complete Orwell set, to the extent that with the added content of letters and other primary sources, far more context is provided for things like the persecution of POUM and the need for Orwell and his wife's escape.

Honestly, it feels almost like reading another piece of work.
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Inspiradora crónica de lo que vivió Orwell en la Guerra Civil española y triste denuncia de los crímenedes estalinistas intentando ahogar la revolución española.
Camilo Alaminos
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Éste es un libro peculiar y que cualquiera que se considere seguidor de Orwell debe de leer. En él, además de la versión íntegra de “Homenaje a Cataluña” se recogen todos los escritos y la correspondencia de Orwell relacionados con su estancia en España como miliciano en el Frente de Aragón durante la Guerra Civil.
El libro, como he comentado antes, se puede dividir en dos partes, por un lado “Homenaje a Cataluña”, libro que escribió Orwell en el año 1938 y que hasta 2003 no fue editado en su ver
Amjed Oudah
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing book by the most decent writer George Orwell , the interesting part was his book Homage to catalonia, other chapters were all around the main book. no need for this extended edition.
Editorial Note

--Orwell's Journey to Spain
--Extract from 'As I Please', 42 (The journey to Spain), Tribune, 15 September 1944
--Jennie Lee to Margaret M. Goalby, 23 June 1950: Orwell's Arrival in Barcelona
--Orwell in Spain, December 1936
--Extract from Letter from Eileen Blair to Leonard Moore, 31 January 1937
--'British Author with the Militia', The Spanish Revolution: Bulletin of the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM)
--Letter from Eileen Blair to her mother, 2
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Orwell's experience during the Spanish Civil War had a major impact on his life, both philosophically and physically. Homage to Catalonia is an enlightening book about the realities of war, and helps explain how Orwell's militia was "outlawed" by the government despite fighting to suppress Franco's fascists in the first place.

The real joy of this edition, however, is the inclusion of letters written before and during the events described in Homage, reviews of other books written about the Civil
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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More or less the complete collection of Orwell's written word about the Spanish Civil War, including of course Homage to Catalonia. Includes both his very personal experience of the hardships of a trench warfare soldier, and his more general political reflections on the situation, and on P.O.U.M. in particular (the militia he personally joined).

The political intrigues of the Spanish Civil War he describes seems to be very complicated. Perhaps his most important point is his criticism of western
Tony Gualtieri
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Along with Homage to Catalonia, a masterful memoir of the Spanish Civil War, this volume contains a comprehensive selection of Orwell's writings on Spain. Except for the essay "Looking Back on the Civil War," none of the writings reaches the level of the Homage; however, they do elucidate Orwell's opinions on the consequences and global impact of the war. Through it all, one senses his passion for historical truth. He reserves his greatest odium for liars, whether they be politicians or intellec ...more
Peter Szabo
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is said that if one wants to read Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, one should read this Penguin addition. I agree. There is something remarkable about Orwell's writing. In nearly every instance, his ideas are clear and his writing is clear. In this case, the reader feels literally with him on the journey to the Spanish civil war, the staging, organizing (if it can be called that...), and preparation for battle, his wounding and recovery, and his estrangement and reflection. Orwell's writing is e ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Noora by: Sebastian
The five stars go to Homage to Catalonia - the rest of the material in this book ranged from mildly interesting to pointless.

Homage to Catalonia was very interesting and a delightful read, the sort that makes you want to quote every other sentence to the nearest person. Animal Farm (which I read earlier this year) is quite a departure with its dull narrative. Homage to Catalonia is a good story as such, even without the historical and political backdrop, which I thought were given just the right
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The additional letters included in this book give more illumination of Orwell's experience during and after his participation in the Spanish Civil War.
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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.

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