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Read online Why Orwell Matters.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Why Orwell Matters In this widely acclaimed biographical essay Christopher Hitchens assesses the life the achievements and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell In true emulative and contrarian style Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive sympathetic yet critical taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem Answering both the detractors and the false claimants Hitchens tears down the fa ade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism empire feminism and Englishness as well as his outlook on America a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence .

Whether thinking about empires or dictators race or class nationalism or popular culture Orwell s moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death Combining the best of Hitchens s polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today but how he will continue to matter in a future uncertain world .

Christopher Hitchens one of the most incisive minds of our own age meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit contention and moral truth by Christopher Hitchens

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Why Orwell Matters
Title:Why Orwell Matters
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Number of Pages:211
Category:Non fiction, Biography, Politics, History, Philosophy, Essays, Literary criticism
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Letters to a Young Contrarian, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Hitch-22: A Memoir, Why Orwell Matters, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, Mortality, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Arguably: Selected Essays
In this widely acclaimed biographical essay Christopher Hitchens assesses the life the achievements and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell In true emulative and contrarian style Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive sympathetic yet critical taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem Answering both the detractors and the false claimants Hitchens tears down the fa ade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism empire feminism and Englishness as well as his outlook on America a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence br br Whether thinking about empires or dictators race or class nationalism or popular culture Orwell s moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death Combining the best of Hitchens s polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today but how he will continue to matter in a future uncertain world br br Christopher Hitchens one of the most incisive minds of our own age meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit contention and moral truth, The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since i Arguably i offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers widely admired for the clarity of his style a result of his disciplined and candid thinking br br Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J G Ballard from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti Semitism and jihad Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx br br The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture and how the latter prompts the former In this fashion i Arguably i burnishes Christopher Hitchens credentials as to quote Christopher Buckley our greatest living essayist in the English language, With the detention of Augusto Pinochet and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosovic the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality In this incendiary book Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel and mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambitions and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread indiscriminate slaughter He investigates and reveals Kissingers involvement in the deliberate mass killings of civilian populations in Indochina the deliberate collusion in mass murder and assassination in Bangladesh the personal suborning and planning of a murder of a senior constitutional officer in a democratic nation that the USA was not war with Chile the incitement and enabling of a mass genocide in East Timor and the personal involvement in the kidnap and murder of a journalist living in Washinton DC, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope s awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix br br In the tradition of Bertrand Russell s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris s recent bestseller The End of Faith Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts he documents the ways in which religion is a man made wish a cause of dangerous sexual repression and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos br br With eloquent clarity Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope s awesome view of the universe and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix