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Homage To Catalonia [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

George Orwell
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe
  • Verlag: Folio Society (1970)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0850670322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850670325
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23 x 14,8 x 2,4 cm
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Die utopische Fabel "Farm der Tiere" und der Roman "1984", eine Schreckensutopie über das Leben in einer totalitären Gesellschaft, sind zwei der meistgelesenen Bücher des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sie stammen von dem Briten Eric Arthur Blair alias George Orwell, geboren am 25. Januar 1903 in Indien. Bereits in seinem Romandebüt "Erledigt in Paris und London" zeigt sich der Autor politisch motiviert; kritisch beschäftigt er sich darin mit dem Leben von Obdachlosen, zu denen er als junger Mann selbst zeitweise gehört hatte. Er kämpfte 1936 im Spanischen Bürgerkrieg, in dem er schwer verletzt wurde. "Animal Farm" erschien 1945, ein Jahr darauf "1984". George Orwell starb am 21. Januar 1950 in London an Tuberkulose. Sechs Wochen vor seinem Tod heiratete Orwell seine langjährige Freundin Sonia Brownell.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book should be required reading! 17. Juli 2000
At a minimum, it should be required background for any class in which Animal Farm or 1984 are taught. I'm quite serious.
Orwell's first-hand experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and the in-fighting on the Loyalist side, led him to form the views of the man who wrote the more famous works of fiction. However, those who read only Orwell's fiction tend to see only a condemnation of Communism (which is, at least in this country, too readily equated with socalism). They go away with a completely distorted view of the meaning of those stories, and of Orwell's perception on life.
Homage to Catalonia is the truth behind the fiction. Read it.
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I respect George Orwell as a man who wrote what he perceived to be the truth even when it hurt his cause to do so. This book is a prime example. In it Mr. Orwell lays clear the effort of the left in Spain to win its civil war with Franco and why it failed. Since Orwell served as a soldier on the side of the "Republic" he can explain the nature of the forces, battles and their morale. What he portrays is a situation where the COMINTERN, under Stalin's direction, seized control of the political leadership of the Republic and destroyed the movement from within by its purges and demand of ideological purity (hard to comply with when the ideology changes monthly). Stalin fought it as an internal political struggle against "Trotskyites" rather than a democratic-socialist revolution. Orwell was a democratic-socialist and placed his emphasis on the democratic side of the equation. As a result, he loathed Stalin and his actions as nothing more than fascism dressed in the robes of socialism - hence, Animal Farm. Orwell is an easy man to like as Florence King pointed out, "he is every liberal's favorite conservative and every conservative's favorite liberal."
Kelly Whiting
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Seminal Orwell 28. Dezember 1999
Homage to Catalonia may be the most important book I ever read. Important because it is the book that inspired me to become a journalist, a writer and a teacher.
On the surface, this book is a reportage of the Spanish Civil War. It deals, of course, with the politics, some of the military strategy, and the deep social divisions of the period. More importantly, however, it is the story of how an idealistic, naive, but brilliant man discovered personal truths about war, politics and humanity.
As a history of the Spanish Civil War, it is probably suspect. Orwell was isolated in Catalonia, affiliated with the POUM, a far-left revolutionary Marxist party led by Andres Nin [not Durutti who was, in fact, commander of the Anarchist CNT's militia], and a foreigner. He didn't see enough of the war to write its definitive history.
However, that's not the task Orwell sets for himself. Rather, this is a chronicle of idealistic young men and women in dark times. It is a tale of the promise of revolution and its betrayal by power. Homage to Catalonia is a story of deep humanity about the dignity of man, home, and disillusionment.
It is a great book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen probably Orwell's most important book 30. März 1999
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Although the book published the year before this one, _The Road to Wigan Pier_, is a more in-depth gauge of Orwell's politics, I still feel closer to _Homage to Catalonia_, a truly fascinating account of his months in the Spanish Civil War and an unwitting allegory for right vs. left, freedom vs. slavery, and other "big ideas."

It was with this book that I realized that Orwell was more than the apparently cynical curmudgeon who wrote _Animal Farm_ and _1984_. In fact, he was even more than an important political thinker. In all his writings, but especially _Homage to Catalonia_, one gets a sense of complete honesty and decency, completely unfeigned, that is impossible not to admire. His unflinching portrayal of all that was good and bad in revolutionary Spain makes this book one of those rare documents that can give you a slightly different way of looking a the world. I don't mean a conversion to radical socialism, but a sense that there is genuine wisdom in Orwell's uncomplicated, sincere way of looking at the world. His style, for me, disarms the most clever intellectual sophistry of those who are really nothing more than overeducated windbags.

I don't always agree with Orwell, and I don't think he was by any mans the smartest Brit of the century. But I always admire what he says, and the way he says it, right or wrong.

In a word: invaluable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Testament of decency 16. April 2000
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Every time that I read something by Orwell I am struck by what a magnificent writer he is, and by what an honest and generous man he must have been. Everything that Orwell wrote is worth reading, and this book might well be his best.
Orwell is a master of expository prose. His writing is very richly descriptive and yet stark, simple, and lucid. For instance, he writes of his first exposure to battle in Spain: "We were near the front line now, near enough to smell the characteristic smell of war - in my experience a smell of excrement and decaying food."
Orwell was the best kind of socialist: a generous man genuinely concerned about equality and about ending the exploitation of the poor. And unlike most other left-wing intellectuals of his time, he was not content to write pamphlets from the confort of peace and affluence, nor did he ever allow his politics to blind him to the reality of how the ideals of socialism were betrayed by the ambition and pettiness of many of those who put it into practice.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A war story that is both brutally honest and lyrically beautiful
A book which is greatly inspiring. Reading may lead you to think what kind of pussy one is themselfs. Lesen Sie weiter...
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Kann man nur weiter empfehlen!
Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2010 von F. Lang
5.0 von 5 Sternen Still powerful
I don't want to add a note of bathos after the stirring "this-book-not-only-changed-my-life-it-became-my-life"-type reviews below but I bought this book at the airport... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Viva Orwell!
I have read quite a few of Orwell's books, but this one has to be my favourite. The reason being that it is one of the easiest ways to understand war. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2000 von Louise
5.0 von 5 Sternen Marvelous writing, important topics
In this gripping book, you find some of the best reportage about the Spanish Civil War and you get some of the most engaging descriptions of anarchist and communal living. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2000 von Quickhappy
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great introduction
For someone interested in reading a short, concise eyewitness account of the Spanish Civil War, Orwell's book is a good place to start. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Januar 2000 von J. F Malysiak
5.0 von 5 Sternen The book that's influenced me the most
The other week, a Seattle bookstore celebrating its 100th anniversary asked me to pick a favorite book to read at their celebration. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Januar 2000 von Paul Loeb
3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, if partisan, view of Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was a complicated and brutal affair which history sometimes reduces to a simple conflict between Right and Left. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. September 1999 von rampageous_cuss
5.0 von 5 Sternen one of the best descriptive accounts of politics & war
this book had an profound impact on my political views. already being tilted towards anarchism and anarchosyndicalism after having read ursula k leguin's "the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. September 1999 veröffentlicht
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