Press Release: Homage to Catalonia
‘Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will have to read Orwell.’
One of the greatest works of reportage of the twentieth century, Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s brutally honest account of his experience as a militiaman during the Spanish Civil War. His experience in Spain – from bright hopes to cynical betrayal – hand an enormous influence on his political development and set him on the path to becoming one of the world’s most-read dystopian writers.
Orwell dreads the extremes of hot and cold; is repulsed by the smells and driven mad by the itch of lice-infested clothes. He knows the guilty pleasure that the ordinary soldier experiences as he watches the enemy attacking his own side’s outposts and wonders at how the shells seem to innately know where you are. After, returning to the front from Barcelona, he also feels the pain of a bullet tearing through flesh. Finally, he is forced to flee the country when the party is outlawed and he is a wanted man.
This new edition from The Folio Society is illustrated with 35 black and white images, many sourced direct from Magnum and Catalan archives by the award-winning Folio picture research team and including work by the great photojournalists Robert Capa and Agustí Centelles. The PAG Revolucion typeface used, reflects the propaganda art of the time, while Spanish red adorns the binding and frames a Robert Capa photo of an International Brigades fighter raising a clenched fist – the ‘anti-fascist salute’ that was the defiant gesture of the Civil War.
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed cloth sides. Set in Plantin. 296 pages. Frontispiece and 35 black & white integrated photographs. Blocked slipcase. 9½˝ × 6¼˝
UK £39.95 US $61.95 Can $79.95 Aus $89.95
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