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'The feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world ... this prospect frightens me much more than bombs'

On the 70th anniversary of George Orwell's death, a new collection of his brilliant essays written during the Second World War

Fascism and Democracy collects five brilliant examples of Orwell's writing during the darkest days of World War Two.
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Published January 21st 2020 by Penguin Classics
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Astrid
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, non-fiction, 2020
Good addition to 1984. I might re read this short compilation of essays from time to time. Orwell writes with a clarity and reason that is soothing to read, not in the sense that it mellows you, but in the sense that it lays some clear foundations for you to build thoughts upon.
Rose
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
1984 is often praised as being relevant in any age, suggesting ideas that apply much more widely that the context in which Orwell was writing. The same is true of his non-fiction essays in this little collection. Though they often centre around events that happened at the time, Orwell's reactions and thoughts raise ideas that apply to the modern world equally well.
Graham
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
These four short essays and a book review have been issued to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Orwell's death, and they were written between 1940 and 1945, mostly in 1941. They are an impassioned defence of democracy against fascism, but using arguments that reminded me of Churchill's remark that democracy is the worst form of govt except all the others that have been tried.
He is also equally sceptical about socialism, and he is writing at a time when the British communists were still looking
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Laura
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
An useful reminder of a road travelled before...
Hestia Istiviani
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read in English but this review is written in Bahasa Indonesia

"Intellectual honesty is a crime in any totalitarian country; but even in England it is not exactly profitable to speak and write the truth."


Secara tidak sengaja melihat unggahan Instagram Story dari Books Actually --sebuah toko buku independen di Singapura-- kalau Fascism and Democracy sudah tersedia di gerai mereka. Iseng, aku mencoba cek di Kobo dan benar saja, sudah bisa dibeli dengan harga yang tidak sampai USD3. Tentu aku
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Martin Bainbridge
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eric hits the nail on the head again...

A superb polemical against a (presumably hitherto) largely otherwise unchallenged establishment. Published this week on the 70th anniversary of Orwell's death, I wonder what the author would make of today's political, social and economic climate. Sadly, little has changed (you could add television and social media to the list below) since February 1941 when he wrote "...nearly the whole cultural and intellectual life of the community - newspapers, books,
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martin eden
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world... This prospect frightens me much more than bombs."

Beaucoup connaissent les romans d'Orwell (1984 et Animal Farm en général) - au moins de nom.. Mais très peu connaissent ses essays... Écrits et bien ancrés dans son époque, ses essays sont pourtant, et du coup bien plus que ses romans, très visionnaires et spéculatifs. Fascism and Democracy et Literature and Totalitarianism sont incroyablement parlants et inquiétants pour tout
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Alen
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Orwell gives us some nice insights about his time and makes smart remarks about the dangers we people were heading in. The problem is it's kinda obvious he never read Aristotle and doesn't really understand what democracy is, even goes into stating different kinds of democracy. The funniest to me was the British Democracy... Well, last time I checked Monarchy was way different than Democracy, but oh well. His remarks on the future, totalitariam and shaping of the world (the present and the past) ...more
Nicky
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world ... this prospect frightens me much more than bombs'

Frighteningly prescient and eloquently stated, this could have been written yesterday with some minor alterations. Orwell was a genius of political thought, and this should be required reading for everyone in the post-truth era.
Chantie
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
All of his five essays were giving me a lot of perspective and knowledge, but the last one, about the restored slavery really shook me. The red line for me is truth. Very important essay to keep in mind.
Crispin Semmens
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Five short essays from the 1940s, as relevant today as ever. The final sentence is chilling 'there are only two slaves [from antiquity] whose names I definitely know... The rest have gone down into utter silence.' ...more
Meggie May
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read for those interested in the politics behind the Second World War, and the overall political viewpoint of famed novelist Orwell.
Joe Wilcock
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clear and to the point, and still relevent 80 years on!
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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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