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George Orwell and Russia

«‘Many people over the decades believed that Orwell must have lived or at least been to the Soviet Union, because of his deep understanding of totalitarianism. In her brilliant and informative book, Masha Karp suggests that not much has changed and that the Russia of today under President Putin proves the point that Orwell made following his experience during the Spanish Civil War and his comments in his controversial list of 1949 where he names people in England ‘sympathetic to communism’.'»

Richard Blair, George Orwell’s adopted son, Patron of The Orwell Society and member of The Orwell Fo
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Detaljer

Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
312
ISBN
9781788317139
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
22 x 14 cm

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«‘Many people over the decades believed that Orwell must have lived or at least been to the Soviet Union, because of his deep understanding of totalitarianism. In her brilliant and informative book, Masha Karp suggests that not much has changed and that the Russia of today under President Putin proves the point that Orwell made following his experience during the Spanish Civil War and his comments in his controversial list of 1949 where he names people in England ‘sympathetic to communism’.'»

Richard Blair, George Orwell’s adopted son, Patron of The Orwell Society and member of The Orwell Fo

«In George Orwell and Russia, Masha Karp explores the relationship between totalitarianism, as imagined by Orwell, and totalitarianism, as it really existed in Soviet Russia. As Russia slides backwards into a new form of authoritarian dictatorship, this book is a timely reminder of what came before.»

Anne Applebaum, Staff writer for The Atlantic and author of 'Gulag, A History'

«In 2022, sales of George Orwell's "1984" went sky-high across Russia as people sought to discover more about the reality they were now living in - a reality in which "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength". In truth, this reality was long in coming - from the moment a former officer of the Soviet "thought-police" came to power and re-instated the Stalin-era national anthem back in 2000. It was a straight road from then on. Masha Karp's new book offers a timely and important insight into how Europe's largest country has descended in the 21st century into a truly Orwellian reality - and a warning against failing to recognise such obvious signs of danger in the future. A must-read.»

- Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian politician, historian, journalist; political prisoner since April 202

«Those who dared to read 1984 in Eastern Europe and the USSR during the Cold War era always felt that it was a “miracle” that George Orwell so deeply and fully grasped the nature of a society that he had never stepped foot in: the totalitarian tyranny of Stalin’s Russia. Equally miraculous, his nightmarish vision continued to be eerily apposite to the USSR of later decades--just as it is to Russia today. In George Orwell and Russia, Masha Karp works wonders in explaining his mirabilia of imaginative insight as she charts how Orwell’s hard-won experience of collectivism’s corruptions enabled him to conjure a terrifying world whose numerous catchphrases are bywords in the cultural lexicon. This outstanding, path-breaking book should be read by all those who care about the Soviet past, agonize about the Russian present, and worry about the world’s future.»

John Rodden, Author of 'Becoming George Orwell: Life and Letters, Legend and Legacy'

«Brilliantly insightful ... George Orwell and Russia truly shines.»

Daniel Sharp, Merion West

«Karp's Russian view of Orwell is unorthodox and makes a novel case for the continuing relevance of this controversial writer in the age of Putin.»

Michael Scammell, Author of 'Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth Century Ske

«[Karp] relishes the details of exactly how, when, and what Orwell would have learned about Soviet Russia, and how his attitudes towards Russia changed over time, especially in relation to his continued belief in the ideals of socialism... her book is most impressive on account of how judiciously she selects her material, erring on the side of factual accuracy and abundance.»

Owen Boynton, Meduza

«Valuable for those interested in literature, political philosophy, and Soviet history.»

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