Why Orwell Matters

ISBN-10: 0465030505

ISBN-13: 9780465030507

Edition: 2003

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"I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies," writes Christopher Hitchens in Why Orwell Matters, a brilliant exhumation of a misunderstood hero. How does one get at a figure like Orwell, whose very name has entered the modern lexicon, his legacy permeating popular consciousness as a symbol of both radical conscience and moral authority? Trenchant and critical, this biographical essay assesses the life and myth of the twentieth century's foremost political writer. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the facade of Orwell's sainthood and rebuts his critics point by point. Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell's outlook remains indispensable even in a vastly changed world. Christopher Hitchens, one of the most incisive minds of our own time, meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit, contention and historical truth. Book jacket.
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 9/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 4.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth, England on April 13, 1949. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and wrote for numerous other publications throughout his lifetime. He was the author of numerous books including No One Left to Lie To, For the Sake of Argument, Prepared for the Worst, God Is Not Great, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died due to complication from esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62.

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
'The List'
Generosity and Anger: The Novels
Deconstructing the Post-modernists: Orwell and Transparency
In Conclusion
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