Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell’s brutally honest account of his experience as a militiaman during the Spanish Civil War. The Folio Society edition is illustrated with 35 black and white photographs sourced from Magnum and Catalan archives.
When civil war broke out in Spain in 1936, Orwell, like many other European socialists, was quick to join the fight against Fascism. And so, in December that year, he found himself in Catalonia with a 40-year-old rifle, no helmet, uniform, maps or tools, and a platoon of near children under his command.
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed cloth sides
Set in Plantin
Frontispiece and 35 black & white integrated photographs
9½˝ × 6¼˝
A CHANGE IN THE AIR
Despite the lack of resources and the ill-prepared troops, revolutionary Barcelona had an almost festival air; genuine excitement and joy spilled over in the people’s conviction that they would build a new Spain. However, the fervour and idealism didn’t last: gradually the Communist Party tightened its grip over the Republic, channelling money and guns to the groups that pledged support and eventually eradicating home-grown anarchist organisations. To Orwell’s horror, such purges became violent and his friends were arrested and imprisoned without trial, while others were shot. Eventually, Orwell found himself in as much danger in Republican Barcelona as he had faced on the front line and his six-month foray moved from idealism to cynicism.