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Hyllning till Katalonien (1938)

av George Orwell

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'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.… (mer)
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I read the edition that had the chapters of analysis separated as an appendix from the chapters that were firsthand accounts.

Orwell's accounts of life in the trenches and at the barricades deserve 5 stars. His simple, straightforward descriptions are highly evocative. Occasionally they're even funny. I've always found the thought of bayonets to be horrific, but Orwell's story of running through a trench, repeatedly trying, without success, to plunge his bayonet between the shoulder blades of his fleeing target has lessened the horror somewhat. It reminded me of C.S. Lewis's statement that if he and a young German had managed to kill each other simultaneously in WWI, he could imagine them laughing about it together afterwards.

The analysis in the appendix is somewhat less enthralling. It did clear up some of the mystery of the PSUC/POUM/CNT alphabet soup. And it did demonstrate that the effect of the Spanish Civil War on Orwell's commitments was not as simple as I had previously thought. He did think the Stalinists played dirty pool, but that doesn't seem to have steered him away from Marxism or revolution. And I'm more confused than ever about who really deserves to be called a Trotskyist.

Anyway, whether you agree with Orwell's politics or not, he does seem to have been a real mensch. ( )
  cpg | Oct 14, 2021 |
Very well written and well worded. Recommend to all who may even be slightly interested in reading this book, you won't regret it. ( )
  Neal_Anderson | Jul 29, 2021 |
Recently I have been thinking a lot about who my favourite authors are. It's very easy for me to answer the question, 'What are your favourite books?' but the question of authors causes me some difficulty. I think this is down to the fact that I have dipped into a lot of authors but aside from some of the crime writers I haven't covered a lot of individual writers' work. While thinking about this I came to the realisation that I have really liked what I have read of Orwell and want to 'complete' his work. During this period I came across a battered copy of Homage to Catalonia in a charity shop which I considered to be a stroke of luck.

Having read 1984 and Animal Farm I was unsure how I would feel about reading a piece of non-fiction writing by Orwell. In fact, I needn't have worried as his easy reading style remained the same. My copy of the book is a version which contains the editions requested by Orwell after the book had been in print for a while. This boils down to two removed chapters in which the nitty gritty of the political make up of the different militia groups is explained. These are included as two appendices so once I had read the main edited text I also read these. I think Orwell was correct in his request at the editions and had they been included I think they would have interrupted the great flow of the book.

I didn't know a huge amount about the Spanish civil war and I learned a lot by reading this short book. The apprendices contain a lot of detail which can be a little tricky to get to grips with at times. There was a huge amount of different agendas and groups involved in the opposition to Franco so there is a lot to cover. I am glad that these chapters are included though as they do explain some key points which just add further depth to what Orwell and many others experienced at the time.

I really enjoyed it and it has only made me look forward to reading more from Orwell. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
George Orwell’s reputation rests on books that record his disillusionment with totalitarian efforts to perfect the world (Animal Farm) and eerily foretell many aspects of our postmodern world (1984). I decided to venture beyond these two books and read this, the memoir of his service in the Spanish Civil War.
I liked Orwell’s plain, straightforward style, which underlines the drama and tragedy he experienced more than pathos would have. He records what he personally experienced or was able to investigate and pours scorn on the intellectuals who opine from a safe distance. Even the chapters devoted to political analysis record, for the most part, the political intrigues that swirl around him.
One arc of the story is how Orwell sheds his political naïveté (to an extent). It was an experience, he is aware, that was not his alone: “I suppose no one spent more than a few weeks in Spain without being in some degree disillusioned.” He volunteered to fight in Spain because he felt that nothing was more important than to fight fascism. Soon he realizes, however, that Franco’s aim isn’t modern national socialism but the restoration of feudalism. More disturbingly—and more threatening to his safety—the anti-fascist forces behind the front lines expend more effort undermining each other than defeating their putative foe.
Orwell’s disenchantment with Soviet communism is complete. Although his disdain for the press is general, he reserves his greatest scorn for the communist propaganda organs. He seems offended that the Daily Worker could be even more mendacious than the Daily Mail. This doesn’t turn him into a poster boy for the right-wing, though. He continues to identify with the so-called anarchists because their devotion to revolution was more thoroughgoing. But his politics are not profoundly ideological; they are more a matter of an abiding sympathy with the working class; he yearns for greater equality as a first step toward improving humanity. When he asks himself what he is fighting for, the best answer he can come up with is “common decency.” It seems the kind of goal an English revolutionary would come up with. Not exactly something you could paint on a banner and run up a flagpole, but there are certainly worse political agendas.
There are no brilliant neologisms in this book to add to “newspeak” and Orwell’s other undying contributions to our vocabulary. Nevertheless, the hallmarks of his more famous books are present here, such as his revulsion “that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.” And this book also contains one of the best chapter conclusions I’ve read in a long time. After serving on the front line in the mountains of Aragon for 115 days, his unit is granted leave. They “were in Barcelona by three o’clock in the afternoon of the 26th. And after that the trouble began.” ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Because of the many novels that have been written about the Spanish Civil War, it has always been infused with romance for me. In his book, however, Orwell puts these romantic notions to rest as he describes the intra-faction fighting, the brutality towards civilians, and the totalitarianism lurking on both sides of this historic civil war.

Highly recommended for a clear-eyed view on the war that was the precursor to World War II ( )
  etxgardener | Apr 17, 2021 |
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'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia includes an introduction by Julian Symons in Penguin Modern Classics.

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