In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low. A frequent commentator on literature, language, film, and drama throughout his career, Orwell turned increasingly to the critical essay in the 1940s, when his most important experiences were behind him and some of his most incisive writing lay ahead. All Art Is Propaganda follows Orwell as he demonstrates in piece after piece how intent analysis of a work or body of work gives rise to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary. With masterpieces such as "Politics and the English Language" and "Rudyard Kipling" and gems such as "Good Bad Books," here is an unrivaled education in, as George Packer puts it, "how to be interesting, line after line."
George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. . . .
Revisit Orwell's 1946 classic satire Animal Farm As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization--and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors. Note: Does not use standard American spellings.
George Orwell's two subversive masterpieces--now together in one edition--are "weapons of self-respect as well as of self-defense," writes Christopher Hitchens in his introduction. Animal FarmA biting satire of the Russian Revolution, Animal Farm imagines a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. The pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that leads to the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer and reestablishes totalitarian rule, adding an unforgettable bloodstained postscript to their founding slogan. 1984London, 1984: Big Brother is watching, and the Thought Police are always one step ahead of you. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he risks his life in a deadly fight for freedom.
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Orwell draws on his years of experience in India to tell this story of the waning days of British imperialism. A handful of Englishmen living in a settlement in Burma congregate in the European Club, drink whiskey, and argue over an impending order to admit a token Asian.
Dorothy, the heroine of this novel, performs good works, cultivates good thoughts, and pricks her arm with a pin when a bad thought arises. She then has a series of unexpected and degrading adventures after becoming a victim of amnesia. Though she regains her life as a clergyman's daughter, she has lost her faith.
One of the great authors of the twentieth century, George Orwell is known for his incisive critiques of inequality in pre- and post-World War II England, as well as of totalitarianism. His most famous novels are the dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four and the modern political fable Animal Farm. This collection includes all of Orwell's novels and non-fiction books, as well as the famous essay "Shooting an Elephant." Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.
In this bestselling compilation of essays, written in the clear-eyed, uncompromising language for which he is famous, Orwell discusses with vigor such diverse subjects as his boyhood schooling, the Spanish Civil War, Henry Miller, British imperialism, and the profession of writing.
George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of his holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.
A major literary event--the long-awaited publication of George Orwell's diaries, chronicling the events that inspired his greatest works. This groundbreaking volume, never before published in the United States, at last introduces the interior life of George Orwell, the writer who defined twentieth-century political thought. Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record Orwell's youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the fearsome rise of totalitarianism, the horrific drama of World War II, and the feverish composition of his great masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984 (which have now sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author). Personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife and Orwell's own decline as he battled tuberculosis. Exhibiting great brilliance of prose and composition, these treasured dispatches, edited by the world's leading Orwell scholar, exhibit "the seeds of famous passages to come" (New Statesman) and amount to a volume as penetrating as the autobiography he would never write.
«Una novela redonda, apasionante y de una madurez asombrosa.»SOLEDAD PUÉRTOLASAmbientada en Birmania durante los años de dominio imperial británico, esta es la primera novela de George Orwell. Su protagonista, el señor Flory, es el representante de una empresa maderera relegado a una remota provincia. Su apertura de miras hacia los nativos lo acerca al doctor Veraswami, quien tras caer en desgracia ante U Po Kyin, el poderoso y corrupto submagistrado local, necesita su patrocinio para formar parte del club social de Kyauktada, hasta ahora un reducto de los blancos. Por otra parte, la llegada de Elizabeth Lackersteen, una joven encantadora y caprichosa, provocará casi literalmente un terremoto en la pequeña comunidad.George Orwell (1903 - 1950) poseyó una de las voces más lúcidas y ricas en matices del siglo XX: estudiante en Eton, policía imperial británico en Birmania, lavaplatos en París, librero en Londres, miliciano del POUM, corresponsal de la BBC, editor literario y columnista. Vertió toda su experiencia en crónicas, ensayos y novelas de lectura imprescindible.Traducción de Manuel Piñón García.
This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.
George Orwell es el mejor ensayista inglés del siglo XX y esta es la mejor y más amplia antología de su obra. «Escribo porque existe alguna mentira que aspiro a denunciar, algún hecho sobre el cual quiero llamar la atención [...] pero no podría realizar el trabajo de escribir un libro, ni tampoco un artículo largo para una publicación periódica, si no fuera, además, una experiencia estética.» Así definía George Orwell, el ensayista inglés más importante del siglo XX, su pasión por la escritura. Esta amplia selección presenta por primera vez en español el abanico completo de sus intereses y pasiones, desde la literatura hasta la política, pasando por la taza de té perfecta o por qué los libros son más caros que los cigarrillos. Reseña:«Orwell desarrolló la prosa inglesa más clara y atractiva del siglo XX. Pero es obvio que era mucho más que un gran escritor. Hoy resulta necesario debido a su pasión por la verdad.»The Sunday Times
George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist, producing throughout his life an extraordinary array of short nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught times in which he lived. "As soon as he began to write something," comments George Packer in his foreword, "it was as natural for Orwell to propose, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in short, to think--as it was for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent."Facing Unpleasant Facts charts Orwell's development as a master of the narrative-essay form and unites such classics as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. Whether detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding school or bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spanish Civil War, these essays weave together the personal and the political in an unmistakable style that is at once plainspoken and brilliantly complex.
George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist. From his earliest published article in 1928 to his untimely death in 1950, he produced an extraordinary array of short nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught times in which he lived and wrote. "As soon as he began to write something," comments George Packer in his foreword to this new two-volume collection, "it was as natural for Orwell to propose, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in short, to think--as it was for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent. "Facing Unpleasant Facts charts Orwell's development as a master of the narrative-essay form and unites classics such as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. Whether detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding school or bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spanish Civil War, these narrative essays weave together the personal and the political in an unmistakable style that is at once plainspoken and brilliantly complex.
Appearing for the first time in one volume, these trenchant letters tell the eloquent narrative of Orwell's life in his own words. From his school days to his tragic early death, George Orwell, who never wrote an autobiography, chronicled the dramatic events of his turbulent life in a profusion of powerful letters. Indeed, one of the twentieth century's most revered icons was a lively, prolific correspondent who developed in rich, nuanced dispatches the ideas that would influence generations of writers and intellectuals. This historic work--never before published in America and featuring many previously unseen letters--presents an account of Orwell's interior life as personal and absorbing as readers may ever see. Over the course of a lifetime, Orwell corresponded with hundreds of people, including many distinguished political and artistic figures. Witty, personal, and profound, the letters tell the story of Orwell's passionate first love that ended in devastation and explains how young Eric Arthur Blair chose the pseudonym "George Orwell." In missives to luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, Stephen Spender, Arthur Koestler, Cyril Connolly, and Henry Miller, he spells out his literary and philosophical beliefs. Readers will encounter Orwell's thoughts on matters both quotidian (poltergeists and the art of playing croquet) and historical--including his illuminating descriptions of war-shattered Barcelona and pronouncements on bayonets and the immanent cruelty of chaining German prisoners. The letters also reveal the origins of his famous novels. To a fan he wrote, "I think, and have thought ever since the war began...that our cause is the better, but we have to keep on making it the better, which involves constant criticism." A paragraph before, he explained that the British intelligentsia in 1944 were "perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history," prefiguring the themes of 1984. Entrusting the manuscript of Animal Farm to Leonard Moore, his literary agent, Orwell describes it as "a sort of fairy story, really a fable with political meaning...This book is murder from the Communist point of view." Hardly known outside a small circle of Orwell scholars, these rare letters include Orwell's message to Dwight Macdonald of 5 December 1946 explaining Animal Farm; his correspondence with his first translator, R. N. Raimbault (with English translations of the French originals); and the moving encomium written about Orwell by his BBC head of department after his service there. The volume concludes with a fearless account of the painful illness that took Orwell's life at age forty-seven. His last letter concerns his son and his estate and closes with the words, "Beyond that I can't make plans at present." Meticulously edited and fully annotated by Peter Davison, the world's preeminent Orwell scholar, the volume presents Orwell "in all his varieties" and his relationships with those most close to him, especially his first wife, Eileen. Combined with rare photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, George Orwell: A Life in Letters offers "everything a reader new to Orwell needs to know...and a great deal that diehard fans will be enchanted to have" (New Statesmen).
Ambientada en los años treinta, La hija del clérigo es una de las novelas menos conocidas de Orwell, pero sin duda una de las mejores. Cuenta la dura vida de la hija de un clérigo, maltratada y condenada a ser una criada. Un brusco cambio la llevará inesperadamente a Londres, donde vivirá una vida totalmente distinta, exiliado incluso de su memoria.Retrato de la Inglaterra deprimida de los años treinta, esta novela es una de las obras esenciales del realismo inglés de principios del siglo XX.
In 1936 Orwell went to Spain to report on the Civil War and instead joined the fight against the Fascists. This famous account describes the war and Orwell's experiences. Introduction by Lionel Trilling.
Homenaje a Cataluña es sin duda uno de los libros más importantes del siglo XX, admirado por autores de toda época y condición, desde Connolly o Trilling hasta Javier Cercas, Antony Beevor o Mario Vargas Llosa, que llegó en los años sesenta a Barcelona con esta obra bajo el brazo.Un texto clave sobre la guerra de España, que sirvió de ensayo general a la Segunda Guerra Mundial, y que recoge la experiencia personal de George Orwell. El autor británico llegó en diciembre de 1936 a una Barcelona en plena efervescencia revolucionaria y en menos de un año tuvo que huir de la implacable maquinaria soviética por haber formado parte de las milicias del POUM. La honestidad y el coraje con el que Orwell narra lo que vio y vivió le convierten en el escritor moral por excelencia.Homenaje a Cataluña es un poderoso manifiesto por el hombre y contra las abstracciones que acaban conduciendo inevitablemente al terror.
Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. He is determined to stay free of the "money world" of lucrative jobs, family responsibilities, and the kind of security symbolized by the homely aspidistra plant that sits in every middle-class British window.
En tiempos convulsos 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, George Orwell establece una definición del nacionalismo que va más allá del vínculo con un lugar geográfico, como un pernicioso estado de rigidez mental en el que no tienen cabida ni el debate y ni la reflexión.
Escrita con su mejor vena satírica, George Orwell nos cuenta en esta novela la historia de Gordon Comstock, un poeta frustrado que un buen día decide combatir el tentador poder del dinero viviendo en las más míseras condiciones. Gordon Comstock es un poeta frustrado dispuesto a llevar sus ideales hasta las últimas consecuencias. Rechaza un lucrativo trabajo como publicista para aceptar un humilde puesto en una destartalada librería de Londres que apenas le da para comer. Eso sí, le permite ser fiel a sus principios. Su firme determinación es alejarse de la seguridad simbolizada por la flor de la aspidistra, presente en todas las ventanas de los hogares de clase media británicos y emblema de una existencia desahogada. Gordon prefiere pasar las noches temblando de frío en su habitación alquilada mientras intenta escribir, ensimismado en su sueño de noble pobreza. Pero la exclusión y la marginación acabarán por darle una importantelección de vida: «Los principios están muy bien, siempre que no haya que ponerlos en práctica.» La crítica dijo...«Literatura de primera. Comparable a Voltaire y a Swift.»The New York
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.
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