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Homage to Catalonia de George Orwell
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Homage to Catalonia (original: 1938; edição: 1989)

de George Orwell

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'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.… (mais)
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Título:Homage to Catalonia
Autores:George Orwell
Informação:London : Penguin in association with Martin Secker & Warburg, 1989
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Recently I have been thinking a lot about who my favourite authors are. It's very easy for me to answer the question, 'What are your favourite books?' but the question of authors causes me some difficulty. I think this is down to the fact that I have dipped into a lot of authors but aside from some of the crime writers I haven't covered a lot of individual writers' work. While thinking about this I came to the realisation that I have really liked what I have read of Orwell and want to 'complete' his work. During this period I came across a battered copy of Homage to Catalonia in a charity shop which I considered to be a stroke of luck.

Having read 1984 and Animal Farm I was unsure how I would feel about reading a piece of non-fiction writing by Orwell. In fact, I needn't have worried as his easy reading style remained the same. My copy of the book is a version which contains the editions requested by Orwell after the book had been in print for a while. This boils down to two removed chapters in which the nitty gritty of the political make up of the different militia groups is explained. These are included as two appendices so once I had read the main edited text I also read these. I think Orwell was correct in his request at the editions and had they been included I think they would have interrupted the great flow of the book.

I didn't know a huge amount about the Spanish civil war and I learned a lot by reading this short book. The apprendices contain a lot of detail which can be a little tricky to get to grips with at times. There was a huge amount of different agendas and groups involved in the opposition to Franco so there is a lot to cover. I am glad that these chapters are included though as they do explain some key points which just add further depth to what Orwell and many others experienced at the time.

I really enjoyed it and it has only made me look forward to reading more from Orwell. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
George Orwell’s reputation rests on books that record his disillusionment with totalitarian efforts to perfect the world (Animal Farm) and eerily foretell many aspects of our postmodern world (1984). I decided to venture beyond these two books and read this, the memoir of his service in the Spanish Civil War.
I liked Orwell’s plain, straightforward style, which underlines the drama and tragedy he experienced more than pathos would have. He records what he personally experienced or was able to investigate and pours scorn on the intellectuals who opine from a safe distance. Even the chapters devoted to political analysis record, for the most part, the political intrigues that swirl around him.
One arc of the story is how Orwell sheds his political naïveté (to an extent). It was an experience, he is aware, that was not his alone: “I suppose no one spent more than a few weeks in Spain without being in some degree disillusioned.” He volunteered to fight in Spain because he felt that nothing was more important than to fight fascism. Soon he realizes, however, that Franco’s aim isn’t modern national socialism but the restoration of feudalism. More disturbingly—and more threatening to his safety—the anti-fascist forces behind the front lines expend more effort undermining each other than defeating their putative foe.
Orwell’s disenchantment with Soviet communism is complete. Although his disdain for the press is general, he reserves his greatest scorn for the communist propaganda organs. He seems offended that the Daily Worker could be even more mendacious than the Daily Mail. This doesn’t turn him into a poster boy for the right-wing, though. He continues to identify with the so-called anarchists because their devotion to revolution was more thoroughgoing. But his politics are not profoundly ideological; they are more a matter of an abiding sympathy with the working class; he yearns for greater equality as a first step toward improving humanity. When he asks himself what he is fighting for, the best answer he can come up with is “common decency.” It seems the kind of goal an English revolutionary would come up with. Not exactly something you could paint on a banner and run up a flagpole, but there are certainly worse political agendas.
There are no brilliant neologisms in this book to add to “newspeak” and Orwell’s other undying contributions to our vocabulary. Nevertheless, the hallmarks of his more famous books are present here, such as his revulsion “that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.” And this book also contains one of the best chapter conclusions I’ve read in a long time. After serving on the front line in the mountains of Aragon for 115 days, his unit is granted leave. They “were in Barcelona by three o’clock in the afternoon of the 26th. And after that the trouble began.” ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Because of the many novels that have been written about the Spanish Civil War, it has always been infused with romance for me. In his book, however, Orwell puts these romantic notions to rest as he describes the intra-faction fighting, the brutality towards civilians, and the totalitarianism lurking on both sides of this historic civil war.

Highly recommended for a clear-eyed view on the war that was the precursor to World War II ( )
  etxgardener | Apr 17, 2021 |
Attraverso il racconto dell'esperienza condotta da Orwell stesso tra le milizie che, durante la guerra in Spagna, contrastano le truppe di Franco, il lettore si cala non solo nell'atmosfera dell'epoca e del conflitto, ma sembra respirare in prima persona l'amaro profumo del generale disincanto: per una guerra che avrebbe forse potuto decider in maniera diversa le sorti del fascismo, per un entusiasmo presto inquinato dalle dinamiche di partito, per l'isolamento nel quale furono lasciati i vari combattenti, per il bilancio finale e tragico di un'opportunità mancata.

Through the account of the experience conducted by Orwell himself among the militias that, during the war in Spain, opposed Franco's troops, the reader not only enters the atmosphere of the time and of the conflict, but seems to breathe in the first person. bitter scent of general disenchantment: for a war that could perhaps have decided the fate of fascism in a different way, for an enthusiasm soon polluted by party dynamics, for the isolation in which the various fighters were left, for the final balance and tragic of a missed opportunity. ( )
  Carlomascellani73 | Apr 5, 2021 |
'k zou graag een 4,5 geven.
Indrukwekkend staaltje geschiedschrijving van de 33-jarige George Orwell, die in 1936 als journalist naar Spanje trok om er verslag te brengen van de burgeroorlog: Franco die met de hulp van Hitler een fascistische dictatuur wilde vestigen versus kleine boeren en arbeiders die een marxistische bewind op poten wilden zetten.

Orwell arriveert in Barcelona en meldt zich - in de greep van de revolutionaire sfeer - onmiddellijk als vrijwilliger aan bij een Marxistische militie. Zijn vrouw blijft in Barcelona op hem wachten. Zo schrijft hij uiteindelijk een ooggetuigenverslag vanuit de frontlinie, waar het huilen met de pet op is: ongedierte, amper wapens, amper kledij en zelfs amper strijd. Maar de bereidwilligheid van de arbeiders en buitenlandse vrijwilligers om zich in te zetten en op te offeren voor de marxistische revolutie is indrukwekkend. De oorlog tegen Franco moet gewonnen worden.

Orwell neemt ook de tijd om de politiek achter de strijd te schetsen en die is niet eenvoudig, noch prijzenswaardig: de communisten, waarvan je zou denken dat ze de strijd van de arbeiders op alle manieren zouden steunen, hebben een eerder rechtse agenda in Spanje, worden gesteund door de Sovjet-Unie en dansen naar diens pijpen, zodat ze uiteindelijk (mede-)verantwoordelijk zijn voor het falen van de revolutie. Hier komt de journalist in Orwell helemaal naar boven: hij probeert zo objectief mogelijk te zijn, en waarschuwt de lezer ook expliciet voor zijn partijdigheid.

Voor lezers die niet zo geïnteresseerd zijn in politiek, bundelt Orwell die beschouwingen netjes in afzonderlijke hoofdstukken en waarschuwt hij op voorhand dat ze er aan komen.

Het is ronduit indrukwekkend om uit eerste hand te lezen en mee te beleven hoe mensen (jongeren, arbeiders, vrouwen, buitenlandse vrijwilligers, ... ) bereid waren hebben en houden op te geven om de strijd met het fascisme aan te gaan. Want het fascisme had sinds 1930 altijd gewonnen. Het werd tijd dat daar verandering in kwam. Dat de strijd een burgeroorlog is, maakt het allemaal intenser en ingrijpender.

Stevige, maar perfect leesbare kost; indrukwekkend tijdsdocument. ( )
  GertDeBie | Mar 22, 2021 |
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'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.

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