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Why Orwell Matters - Christopher Hitchens

Paperback Published: 10th September 2003
ISBN: 9780465030507
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

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"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)

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: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 10th September 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.4  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1

Christopher Hitchens

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.

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