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  • George Orwell

    'Nationalismus ist untrennbar mit dem Streben nach Macht verbunden', aber nicht mit Patriotismus gleichzusetzen, so George Orwell in diesem kontroversen Essay. Was kennzeichnet nationalistisches Denken? Unter anderem der besessene Glaube an die eigene Überlegenheit und der Unwille, sein Handeln an realen Fakten auszurichten. Geschrieben 1945 und noch nie auf Deutsch erschienen, ist 'Über Nationalismus' eine höchst zeitgemäße Lektüre und ein Plädoyer gegen den...read more

  • George Orwell

    'What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art.' In this essay, Orwell describes his personal journey to becoming a writer and offers some important motives for writing. Moving from his experience of writing his first completed poems to trying his hand at short stories, to finding fame as a fully-fledged writer, Orwell discusses the importance of writing, his continuous technique, and sets out some important motives for becoming a writer...read more

  • George Orwell

    Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. 'Why I Write' describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay 'Politics and the English Language' insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984. Other essays focus on Gandhi (he 'disinfected the political air'), Dickens ('no novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child's point of view'), Kipling ('a jingo imperialist'), Henry Miller (who told...read more

  • George Orwell

    Escucha ahora esta obra maestra del reportaje del siglo XX por el autor de 1984 y Rebelión en la granja. «Hay otra sensación que constituye un gran consuelo en la pobreza. Creo que cualquiera que haya pasado apuros económicos la habrá experimentado. Es una sensación de alivio, casi placentera, al saber que por fin estás sin blanca. Has hablado tantas veces de la posibilidad de acabar en el arroyo... y resulta que ya estás en él y puedes soportarlo. Eso te quita muchas preocupaciones.» Sin blanca en París y Londres es el vívido relato del tiempo que Orwell pasó entre los más pobres de la sociedad, un recorrido por los bajos fondos. Fue la primera obra que publicó...read more

  • George Orwell

    Brought to you by Penguin. George Orwell's searing account of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time Orwell's graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity. It crystallized the ideas that would be found in his later works and novels, and remains a powerful portrait of poverty, injustice and class divisions in Britain. (P) Penguin Audio...read more

  • George Orwell

    When Orwell went to the north of England in the thirties to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experience. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year. And he knew the unemployed, those who had been out of work for so long they had sunk beyond despair into an inhuman apathy. In his searing yet beautiful account of life on the bottom rung, Orwell asks himself why...read more

  • George Orwell

    Part social reportage, part socialist polemic, The Road to Wigan Pier sets out a hellish vision of a broken Britain before delivering a meditation on how we can create a more egalitarian society. Having travelled to the industrial north of England on assignment from his editor, Orwell's confronting, stark descriptions of the social injustice, cramped slum housing, squalor, hunger, and growing unemployment he encounters are written with unblinking honesty, anger, and humanity. The Road to Wigan Pier remains a powerful portrait of poverty, injustice, and the strive for a fairer...read more

  • George Orwell

    Escucha este documento de enorme valor histórico y literario en el que el autor narra sus días en el frente y retrata un tiempo que no debiéramos olvidar. Recuerdos de la guerra de España se publicó en 1942, en pleno apogeo del nazismo y pocos años después de la victoria de las tropas de Franco en la Guerra Civil. La inquietud de George Orwell por la rápida expansión de los totalitarismos que marcó sus obras más populares se muestra también en este texto, en el que denuncia la manipulación de la verdad histórica y expresa su preocupación por el conocimiento de las generaciones futuras. El mejor ensayo en formato...read more

  • George Orwell

    Escucha este rotundo alegato a favor de la libertad y en contra del totalitarismo que se ha convertido en un clásico de la literatura del siglo XX. Esta sátira de la Revolución rusa y el triunfo del estalinismo, escrita en 1945 y disponible ahora en versión audiolibro, se ha convertido por derecho propio en un hito de la cultura contemporánea y en uno de los libros más mordaces de todos los tiempos. Ante el auge de los animales de la Granja Solariega, pronto detectamos las semillas de totalitarismo en una organización aparentemente ideal; y en nuestros líderes más carismáticos, la sombra de los opresores más crueles. La mejor literatura del siglo XX disponible para...read more

  • George Orwell

    'The emotional urges which are inescapable, and are perhaps even necessary to political action, should be able to exist side by side with an acceptance of reality.' 'Politics and the English Language' is widely considered one of Orwell's most important essays. Within this essay, Orwell criticises the 'ugly and inaccurate' written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language. The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, 'is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.' Bad English, he believed, was a vehicle for oppressive...read more

  • George Orwell

    'The general uncertainty as to what is really happening makes it easier to cling to lunatic beliefs.' A biting state of the nation essay which reflects on patriotism, prejudice, and power. In this essay, Orwell discusses the notion of nationalism and argues that it causes people to disregard common sense and become more ignorant towards factuality. Orwell shows his concern for the social state of Europe, and in a broader sense, the entire world, due to an increasing amount of influence of nationalistic sentiment occurring throughout a large number of...read more

  • George Orwell

    George Orwell ofrece en este audiolibro una de las reflexiones más lúcidas sobre los nacionalismos. En tiempos como los que estamos viviendo, los nacionalismos y los extremismos en todas sus formas resurgen con fuerza. En este extraordinario ensayo, publicado en mayo de 1945, en los estertores de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y disponible ahora en su versión audiolibro, George Orwell establece una definición del nacionalismo que vas más allá del vínculo con un lugar geográfico, como un pernicioso estado de rigidez mental en el que no tiene cabida ni el debate ni la reflexión. El mejor ensayo disponible para...read more

  • George Orwell

    Brought to you by Penguin. 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal. (P) Penguin Audio...read more

  • George Orwell

    Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101... Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime....read more

  • George Orwell

    Brought to you by Penguin. Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life. Through the character of Gordon Comstock, Orwell reveals his own disaffection with the society he once himself renounced. Enlivened with vivid autobiographical detail, George Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a tragically witty account of the struggle to escape from a...read more

  • George Orwell

    Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works by day in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. Gordon has published a slim volume of verse and is determined to keep free of the “money world” of safe, lucrative jobs, marriage, and family responsibilities. This world, to Gordon, spells the end of art and aspidistra, the homely, indestructible house plant that stands in every middle-class British window. Gordon’s sweetheart, Rosemary, understands him: she is patient with his pride and lack of funds. But then, as it happens with all lovers, events overtake them. Orwell’s picture of the “money...read more

  • George Orwell

    Keep the Aspidistra Flying is George Orwell's savagely satirical portrait of the literary life and is based loosely on his own experiences of writing life and working at Westrope’s Bookshop in Hampstead. London, 1936. Gordon Comstock has declared war on the money god; and Gordon is losing the war. Nearly 30 and 'rather moth-eaten already,' a poet whose one small book of verse has fallen 'flatter than any pancake,' Gordon rejects money-worship and a steady job in advertising for the pursuit of creativity. But poverty soon bites, and with it his creative spirit disappears. Only his ever-faithful Rosemary can rouse him from the stupor and challenge his commitment to his chosen way of...read more

  • George Orwell

    Sin duda uno de los libros más importantes del siglo XX. Una obra clave sobre la guerra civil española por uno de los principales escritores de la época y testigo del episodio. Admirado por autores de toda época y condición, desde Connolly o Trilling hasta Javier Cercas, Antony Beevor o Mario Vargas Llosa, Homenaje a Cataluña es un poderoso manifiesto del hombre contra las abstracciones que acaban conduciendo inevitablemente al terror. Es también un texto clave sobre la guerra de España, un testimonio sin par que recoge la experiencia personal de George Orwell. El autor británico llegó en diciembre de 1936 a una Barcelona en plena efervescencia revolucionaria, pero en...read more

  • George Orwell

    Brought to you by Penguin. '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...read more

  • George Orwell

    In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the POUM militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the Party of Maxist Unification (POUM) was suppressed. As important as the story of the war itself is Orwell's analysis of why the Communist Party sabotaged the workers' revolution and branded the POUM as Trotskyist, which provides an essential key to understanding the outcome of the war...read more