1984 And The Spanish Civil War is an insight into George Orwell’s relationship with Spain, the politics of the civil war and the influence of both on his work. This book isn’t just about Orwell, it’s about also Anarchy. But, don’t panic Mr Mainwairing, we’re not talking Sex Pistols, poll tax (or any other) riots, graffiti or general lawlessness; we’re talking a truer definition, the anarchy of Spain in the late 1930’s. If you don’t know what that brand of anarchy is – read this book.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been a massive Orwell fan, and I think this short book explains well just how much his participation in the civil war affected his life and his writing that followed. Going further than just Orwell, Paul Read delves into the history and politics of the war. If you’re new to either Orwell and/or the civil war and its politics this is a great introduction.
We’ve known Paul for some time now and I’ve read some of his work prior to this. As with other work of his, 1984 And The Spanish Civil War is no stuffy history text book. Paul has a knack of imparting his knowledge in an entertaining way through his unique voice.
If any of the topics covered interest you – give it a go – I’d be surprised if you are disappointed.
For a whole bunch of articles about Spanish history, culture and other random Spain related stuff, Paul Read’s Speaking of Spain website is well worth a visit!