Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia is a bracing personal account of George Orwell’s time fighting for the Republican army in the Spanish Civil War.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is introduced by Helen Graham, a leading historian on the Spanish Civil War.
George Orwell came to Spain in 1936 as a journalist, intending to report on the civil war. But on arrival in Barcelona he witnessed a revolution against the Spanish bourgeois in full swing – with the working class in the saddle – and almost immediately he joined the Republican militia to fight for this worthy cause. In Homage to Catalonia Orwell retells his experience of the Spanish Civil War with brutal honesty, from the painful stasis of the front line to the mania of street fighting, and from the tension of being in hiding to the relief of coming home to England. A unique first-hand account of war, it is also critical in our understanding of Orwell’s political passions.
In the media
Homage to Catalonia belongs in any list of important books on the Spanish civil war
Paul Preston Observer
Few stories of conflict manage to stir together such a moving admixture of horror, grace, brutality and, yes, even humor