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"Hitchens presents a George Orwell fit for the 21st century. "-Boston Globe. 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 faade 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.
"Not only a fine defense of Orwell's politics, but also the most stimulating introduction available to almost every other aspect of his work."--The Sunday Telegraph (London)
Introduction: The Figure
Orwell and Empire
Orwell and the Left
Orwell and the Right
Orwell and America
Orwell and 'Englishness': The Antinomies of St George
Orwell and the Feminists: Difficulties with Girls
Generosity and Anger: The Novels
Deconstructing the Post-modernists: Orwell and Transparency
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ISBN: 9780465030507 ISBN-10: 0465030505 Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 224 Published: 11th September 2003 Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.4
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Born on April 13, 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Christopher Hitchens wrote for a variety of English magazines before moving to the United States in 1981. Hitchens established himself as one of the leading intellectual writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, willing to offend his readership with his controversial positions on matters such as religion, art, politics, war and literature.
Hitchens died on December 15, 2011, from complications arising from oesophageal cancer. His death prompted tributes and eulogies from a range of public figures, including Tony Blair, Richard Dawkins, Martin Amis, James Fenton, and Stephen Fry.