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Between the bullet and the lie : essays on Orwell

Author: Kristian Williams; David Goodway
Publisher: Chico, CA : AK Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Old debates about democracy vs. socialism vs. fascism are back. Missing from today's versions are the voices of moral clarity, those that challenge us to be our best selves in difficult times. Kristian Williams has mined the intellect of a man who, sixty-seven years after his death, still has much to offer readers. Between the Bullet and the Lie highlights the relationship George Orwell saw between aesthetics,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: George Orwell; George Orwell; George Orwell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristian Williams; David Goodway
ISBN: 9781849352901 1849352909
OCLC Number: 1011577365
Description: 271 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: An age like this : Orwell in his time and ours --
Imperfect creatures : letters and diaries --
Not too good : Orwell, Wilde, and the saints --
On common decency --
Between the bullet and the lie : ethics in warfare --
A place worth living in : notes on patriotism and nationalism --
Strict discipline combined with social equality : the question of revolutionary leadership --
Meanwhile, what about socialism? : why the Left fails --
Political writing is bad writing : anarchism and the English language --
The Tower of Babel and other confusions : a reply to CrimethInc --
All but hopeless : pessimism in politics --
The struggle would continue, the idea would survive : the Spanish Civil War and the cultural imagination --
Appendix. Reading Orwell : a study plan.
Other Titles: Essays.
Essays on Orwell
Responsibility: Kristian Williams ; foreword by David Goodway.

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Old debates about democracy vs. socialism vs. fascism are back. Missing from today's versions are the voices of moral clarity, those that challenge us to be our best selves in difficult times. Kristian Williams has mined the intellect of a man who, sixty-seven years after his death, still has much to offer readers. Between the Bullet and the Lie highlights the relationship George Orwell saw between aesthetics, ethics, and politics; the difference between honesty and integrity; the corruption of language; the importance of observation and evidence; and the many failures of the Left. The result is not a study of sacred decrees from Orwell, but an application of his thought to political and literary questions that trouble us today.

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