Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell

George Orwell in revolutionary Spain: he is the tall man towards the right

George Orwell's famous 1938 account of the Spanish Revolution and Civil War, from his point of view as a volunteer in the POUM militia.

Though the POUM were socialists, he wrote "as far as my purely personal preferences went I would have liked to join the Anarchists."

His vivid descriptions of classless anarchist Barcelona following the revolution and terrorised Stalinist Barcelona after the counter-revolution are a timeless reminder that a 'revolutionary state' is a contradiction in terms.

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Jan 22 2013 17:17

A date with BBC Radio 4:

Homage to Catalonia
Part 1: Sunday 27th January at 3pm, repeated Saturday 2nd February at 9pm
Part 2: Sunday 3rd February at 3pm, repeated Saturday 9th February at 9pm
Dramatised for radio by Mike Walker, with Joseph Millson, Lyndsey Marshal, Ewan Bailey.
Produced by Kate McAll.