Orwell's Victory

Author(s): Christopher Hitchens

Biography / Memoir

'Thomas Carlyle wrote of his Cromwell that he had had to drag him out from under a mound of dead dogs and offal before being able to set him up as a figure worthy of biography. This is not a biography, but I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies . . .' There can be few writers in the world today with a better claim to have inherited Orwell's role than Christopher Hitchens with his unique ability to spot bullshit and enrage those in power. Orwell's Victory is a spectacularly written, aggressive, brilliant defence of one of the handful of modern writers whose view of the world has become if anything even more essential in the half century since his death.

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'Thomas Carlyle wrote of his Cromwell that he had had to drag him out from under a mound of dead dogs and offal before being able to set him up as a figure worthy of biography. This is not a biography, but I sometimes feel as if George Orwell requires extricating from under a pile of saccharine tablets and moist hankies...'

Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington, DC. His most recent books are The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice; his attack on the Clintons No One Left To Lie To: The Values of America's Worst Family and The Trial Of Henry Kissinger.

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 and post-modernists - Orwell and transparency; in conclusion.

General Fields

  • : 9780141005355
  • : pengui
  • : pengui
  • : December 2004
  • : 198mm X 131mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823.912
  • : 208
  • : Christopher Hitchens
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition