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Why Orwell Matters - Christopher Hitchens

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Published: 21st August 2003
For Ages: 18+ years old
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In this widely acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. In true emulative and contrarian style, Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the facade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point. He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America, a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence. Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or popular culture, Orwell's moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death. Combining the best of Hitchens's polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument, this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today, but how he will continue to matter in a future, uncertain world.Christopher Hitchens, one of the most incisive minds of our own age, meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit, contention and moral truth.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: The Figurep. 1
Orwell and Empirep. 15
Orwell and the Leftp. 35
Orwell and the Rightp. 79
Orwell and Americap. 103
Orwell and 'Englishness': The Antinomies of St Georgep. 115
Orwell and the Feminists: Difficulties with Girlsp. 141
'The List'p. 155
Generosity and Anger: The Novelsp. 171
Deconstructing the Post-modernists: Orwell and Transparencyp. 193
In Conclusionp. 205
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ISBN: 9780465030507
ISBN-10: 0465030505
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st August 2003
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.23