George Orwell: The Critical Heritage

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vulnerable, and slowly this knowledge is strengthening the workers everywhere.

It is not too late to save Spain even at this late hour. The British and French Labour Movements are at a decisive moment in history. Let them act now. The saving of Spain will be the death-knell of Fascism and the liberation of that mighty movement which will bring in the Socialist State of which George Orwell had a foretaste in Spain and which one day will be.


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P. M. (Philip Mairet), New English Weekly

26 May 1938, pp. 129-30

Philip Mairet (b. 1886), editor of the New English Weekly, author of books on Alfred Adler (1928-30) and A. R. Orage (1936).

Mr George Orwell’s book on his experiences in Spain hardly needs recommendation to readers of this paper; many of them will probably have hastened to read it as eagerly as did the present reviewer. Knowing already something of this writer’s vigour of mind and honesty of purpose, and remembering the illuminating article he contributed to these columns just after returning wounded from the Spanish front, readers will look to his Homage to Catalonia for something new and revealing. Nor will they be disappointed. The book is likely to stand as one of the best contemporary documents of the struggle. Its frank individuality of outlook, combined with a certain political näiveté, gives internal evidence of its freedom from political obscurantism, for what bias it has is naked and wholly unashamed. Its literary quality, which is of a high order, is of the kind that springs from a well-extraverted attention and spontaneous reaction, so that the observations are reliable and convincingly communicated.

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