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George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Commonly ranked as one of the most influential... show more
Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism.
Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century, and as one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation, Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945). His book Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, is widely acclaimed, as are his numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture. In 2008, The Times ranked him second on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Orwell's work continues to influence popular and political culture, and the term Orwellian — descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices — has entered the language together with several of his neologisms, including cold war, Big Brother, thought police, Room 101, doublethink, and thoughtcrime.
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Birth date: 25-06-1903
Died: 21-01-1950
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Fiction Fantastic
Fiction Fantastic rated it 4 weeks ago
I'm usually the girl who doesn't like the classics, but in this case, I really liked this book. Well, I say I liked it, but what I really mean is that it was easy reading with a compelling story. It's just so depressing actually. Yes, it's a satire on communism in Russia, but it's so bloody spot on ...
Hol
Hol rated it 2 months ago
I recently decided that I’m going to read all of George Orwell’s works this year. I’ve already read 1984 and Animal Farm (which I loved) and decided this would be the first book of his I tackled this year. Down and Out in Paris and London is semi-autobiographical. It’s about the time Orwell spent ...
Purple People Readers
Purple People Readers rated it 2 months ago
For all the controversy surrounding this novel, I was surprised by how short it actually is. However, for all its lack of length, it sure does pack an important message. The allegory was a bit didactic for me — I felt like I was being beat over the head with the message, but I haven’t read an alle...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it 4 months ago
Quando l’agente dell’Indian Imperial Police Eric Arthur Blair, nel gennaio del 1928, torna in patria in licenza, decide di prendere congedo. Nei cinque anni trascorsi al soldo dell’imperialismo britannico ha conosciuto da vicino il mondo dalla parte dell’oppressore. Gli ha dato il voltastomaco. Per ...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it 4 months ago
Despite a great narrator, this book was painful to listen to. I understand what Orwell is trying to say with this story, but I've never read a book with violence, sex, and political intrigue that managed to be so excruciatingly boring. I have at times said that great nonfiction is so entertaining ...
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