RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49922535 LA English T1 Why Orwell matters A1 Hitchens, Christopher., PB Basic Books PP New York YR 2002 SN 0465030491 9780465030491 9780465030507 0465030505 AB "In this trenchant critical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. In his 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 facade 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."--Jacket.