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Finding George Orwell in Burma

Author: Emma Larkin
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In one of the most intrepid political travelogues in recent memory, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent traveling through Burma using the life and work of George Orwell as her compass. Going from Mandalay and Rangoon to poor delta backwaters and up to the old hill-station towns in the mountains of Burma's far north, Larkin visits the places where Orwell worked and lived, and the places his books live still. She  Read more...
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Named Person: Emma Larkin; George Orwell; Emma Larkin; George Orwell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emma Larkin
ISBN: 0143037110 9780143037118
OCLC Number: 70121886
Notes: Originally published under title: Secret histories : a journey through Burma today in the company of George Orwell; London : John Murray, 2004.
Description: 294 pages : map ; 20 cm
Contents: Mandalay --
The Delta --
Rangoon --
Moulmein --
Katha.
Other Titles: Secret histories
Responsibility: Emma Larkin.

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"In one of the most intrepid political travelogues in recent memory, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent traveling through Burma using the life and work of George Orwell as her compass. Going from Mandalay and Rangoon to poor delta backwaters and up to the old hill-station towns in the mountains of Burma's far north, Larkin visits the places where Orwell worked and lived, and the places his books live still. She brings to vivid life a country and a people cut off from the rest of the world, and from one another, by the ruling military junta and its vast network of spies and informers. Using Orwell enables her to show, effortlessly, the weight of the colonial experience on Burma today, the ghosts of which are invisible and everywhere. More important, she finds that the path she charts leads her to the people who have found ways to somehow resist the soul-crushing effects of life in this most cruel police state. And George Orwell's moral clarity, hatred of injustice, and keen powers of observation serve as the author's compass in another sense too: they are qualities she shares and they suffuse her book - the keenest and finest reckoning with life in this police state that has yet been written."--Amazon.com.

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