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February 04 , 2010

1984 and the Spanish Civil War



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The Roots of 1984 and Animal Farm are found in Spain

In 1937, George Orwell spent six months witnessing the rise and fall of the popular revolution on the streets of Barcelona and Catalonia. Alone amongst his contemporaries, Orwell understood what the success or failure of that Spanish Revolution would mean for the rest of the world. The lessons he learnt, were explained in the three books he wrote upon his return. 

1984 And The Spanish Civil War - the 2nd book in the ‘Forgotten Spain Series’ - tells this story and asks:  

  1. How far was ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’ the inevitable conclusion to all Orwell had witnessed in those brief months he spent in Spain? 
  2. Why was his work so unanimously rejected by his contemporaries in England? 
  3. Was the revolution Orwell witnessed in Barcelona crushed forever by the end of the war, or did it slide into hibernation, awaiting the present conditions for revival? 

Praise for 1984 and The Spanish Civil War: 
"Paul has achieved in a concise volume what others have failed in far more voluminous accounts." 
"An interesting read if you are new to Orwell or the Civil War in Spain...Highly recommended". 

This book will help not only contextualise Orwell's works, but also help us in understanding the radical changes going on in Spain today. 

The Forgotten Stories from Spain Series brings you accounts of human bravery and spirit at a moment of unleashed cruelty during the Spanish Civil War. Stories of co-operation that have a universal message that remains as relevant to the world today, as it was in Spain during the 1930's. 


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