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Auteur: Hitchens, Christopher
Titel: Why Orwell Matters
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Christopher Hitchens takes on George Orwell and the value of one of the twentieth century's great independent thinkers. In this brilliant and contemplative biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievement, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. The result is the perfect convergence of two kindred spirits. Hitchens has long regarded Orwell as a mentor and model, and in true emulative and contrarian style, he is both adulatory and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and as problem. Combining the best of Hitchens's polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument, `Why Orwell Matters’ tears down the facade of sainthood erected by hagiographers and probes deeper to find the true George Orwell: gifted, flawed, and human. With lyrical and allusive prose, Hitchens examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America, a country and culture toward which he exhibited little curiosity but much ambivalence.
2002, 224 pag., Euro 26
Basic Books, Oxford, ISBN 465030491


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