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Orwell and the Politics of Despair A Critical Study of the Writings of George Orwell 1st Edition


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Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published In:1990
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:310 gms
Pages:pp. 208, Frontispiece, Index, References, Notes, Acknowledgement

The Title "Orwell and the Politics of Despair A Critical Study of the Writings of George Orwell 1st Edition" is written by Alok Rai. This book was published in the year 1990. The ISBN number 0521397472|9780521397476 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. This book has total of pp. 208 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Cambridge University Press. We have about 81824 other great books from this publisher. Orwell and the Politics of Despair A Critical Study of the Writings of George Orwell 1st Edition is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Alok Rai recognises that George Orwell was both a political writer and a literary artist, and that any adequate study must do justice to both aspects of his work. Drawing on a wide range of Orwell's writing, including unpublished and previously unused material, Rai charts his progression from Rebellion through reconciliation to despair. Making use of the insights of contemporary critical theory, he demystifies the idea of Orwell as a 'transparent' writer, simply concerned with basic human values, and by means of close reading relates the literary style to the political beliefs, asking how a writer who is, from one perspective, a relatively minor talent, can come to occupy such a culturally central position. Rai's discussion reopens the question of the nature and necessity of Cold War attitudes and perceptions, and examines the ideological apparatus of the Cold War consensus, of which Orwell was an influential guarantor. He discusses Orwell's changing attitude to participation in the Second World War, and looks at his relation to post-War social democracy. Finally, he recognises Orwell's international perspective, showing that for him the world did not stop at the Elbe, nor even at Suez.


1. Introduction : The Orwell Problem
2. Totalitarianism, etc
3. Inventing a Form
4. A kind of Socialism
5. War and Revolution
6. The Road to Airstrip One
7. Orwell's Truth : Concluding Remarks