Orwell's Nose

A Pathological Biography
Author: John Sutherland
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780236964
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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In 2012 writer John Sutherland permanently lost his sense of smell. At about the same time, he embarked on a rereading of George Orwell and—still coping with his recent disability—noticed something peculiar: Orwell was positively obsessed with smell. In this original, irreverent biography, Sutherland offers a fresh account of Orwell’s life and works, one that sniffs out a unique, scented trail that wends from Burmese Days through Nineteen Eighty-Four and on to The Road to Wigan Pier. Sutherland airs out the odors, fetors, stenches, and reeks trapped in the pages of Orwell’s books. From Winston Smith’s apartment in Nineteen Eighty-Four, which “smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats,” to the tantalizing aromas of concubine Ma Hla May’s hair in Burmese Days, with its “mingled scent of sandalwood, garlic, coconut oil, and jasmine,” Sutherland explores the scent narratives that abound in Orwell’s literary world. Along the way, he elucidates questions that have remained unanswered in previous biographies, addressing gaps that have kept the writer elusively from us. In doing so, Sutherland offers an entertaining but enriching look at one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and, moreover, an entirely new and sensuous way to approach literature: nose first.

Erledigt in Paris und London


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257602464
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Nach seiner Demission als Polizeioffizier in Burma landet Orwell 1933 in den Slums: bei den Arbeitslosen, Asozialen in Paris, wo er sich als Küchenhilfe in einem Luxusrestaurant verdingt; bei den Pennern von London, mit denen er durch die Gossen und Asyle pilgert. Der unsentimentale, erschütternde Bericht eines Betroffenen.

Auftauchen, um Luft zu holen


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 325760226X
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Ein Vertreter bricht aus dem täglichen Trott aus, kehrt an den Ort seiner Kindheit zurück und erzählt uns dabei sein Leben. Ein hellsichtiges, in seinen Analysen prophetisches Buch.

Orwell's England


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141926635
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 496
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Collected together for the first time, this volume includes the complete text of THE ROAD TO WIGAN PIER - Orwell's vivid and impassioned documentary of unemployment and proletarian life - as well as Orwell's best writing on the political and social condition of England.

Der Weg nach Wigan Pier


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257602510
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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Im Jahr 1936 geht George Orwell in die Industriestädte Nordenglands, um an Ort und Stelle zu beobachten, wie Bergleute im Alltag arbeiten und wohnen. Er steigt mit in die Gruben hinunter und berichtet aufmerksam, sachlich, genau, mit Einfühlung und Gespür für die vielfachen Zusammenhänge. Diese Erfahrung führt zu Reflexionen über den Sozialismus als umsichtigen, schwierigen Weg zu Gerechtigkeit und Freiheit.

Die Geschichte einer kurzen Ehe

Roman
Author: Anuk Arudpragasam
Publisher: Hanser Berlin
ISBN: 3446257845
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Die Geschichte eines Tages im Krieg. Dinesh, ein junger Mann, versorgt Verletzte in einem Lager im Dschungel, läuft ziellos umher, denkt an seine Mutter, die getötet wurde und an deren Gesicht er sich nicht mehr erinnert. Jede Nacht fallen Bomben, doch sie machen ihm keine Angst mehr. Ein Mann bittet ihn, seine Tochter zu heiraten, Ganga. Er hofft, dass Dinesh für sie sorgen wird. Ganga ist eine junge, ernsthafte Frau – und nun seine Frau. Die beiden versuchen, die Fremdheit zu überwinden, ihre unerwartete Nähe zu erkunden, bevor der Krieg sie wieder trennt. In unvergesslichen Szenen lässt Anuk Arudpragasam die menschliche Existenz inmitten der Finsternis in ihrer ganzen Würde aufscheinen.

Goodness Nose

The Passionate Revelations of a Scotch Whisky Master Blender
Author: Richard Paterson
Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing
ISBN: 1906476861
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 216
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Richard Paterson has Scotch whisky running through his veins. His grandfather and father were both prominent in the Scotch whisky industry in Glasgow for decades before Richard joined a competing whisky brokerage firm to start his apprenticeship. But this is no dry textbook on blending. Far from it. Humour, insight, history, a love of people and an abiding and evangelical passion inform every page. For the first time one of the world's foremost whisky blenders reveals how he rose through the ranks to top of his profession. He also candidly reveals some of the secrets of his craft and gives his thoughts on where he feels the industry is heading today. Lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white with black and white line artwork, this is destined to become a whisky classic and an essential item on every whisky lover's bookshelf. CONTENTS 1. Raw Spirit - The Birth of a Blender 2. Maturation Begins 3. The Spirit of Campbeltown - Glen Scotia 4. A Blender in the Making 5. The Spirit of the Highlands - Dalmore & Fettercairn 6. The Master Blender 7. The Art of Whisky Blending 8. The Spirit of the Islands - Jura 9. Going for Gold - Fully Matured

Churchill & Orwell

The Fight for Freedom
Author: Thomas E. Ricks
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co
ISBN: 0715652389
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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Today, as liberty and truth are increasingly challenged, the figures of Churchill and Orwell loom large. Exemplars of Britishness, they preserved individual freedom and democracy for the world through their far-sighted vision and inspired action, and cast a long shadow across our culture and politics. In Churchill & Orwell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas E. Ricks masterfully argues that these extraordinary men are as important today as they ever were. Churchill and Orwell stood in political opposition to each other, but were both committed to the preservation of freedom. However, in the late 1930s they occupied a lonely position: democracy was much discredited, and authoritarian rulers, fascist and communist, were everywhere in the ascent. Unlike others, they had the wisdom to see that the most salient issue was human liberty – and that any government that denies its people basic rights is a totalitarian menace to be resisted. Churchill and Orwell proved their age’s necessary men, and this book reveals how they rose from a precarious position to triumph over the enemies of freedom. Churchill may have played the larger role in Hitler’s defeat, but Orwell’s reckoning with the threat of authoritarian rule in 1984 and Animal Farm defined the stakes of the Cold War and continues to inspire to this day. Their lives are an eloquent testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it takes to stay true to it.

Orwell's Luck


Author: Richard W. Jennings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547705247
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 160
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When a wounded wild rabbit is found in the front yard, he is given a good home and a memorable name by a twelve-year-old with a liking for basketball, the trombone, and the newspaper’s daily horoscope. But Orwell is no ordinary rabbit. It soon seems that he is attempting to reward his young caretaker by mysteriously sending coded messages in the form of predictions: the final score of the Super Bowl, advance notice of a pop quiz at school, tomorrow’s winning lottery number! Can this little rabbit foretell the future? Can Orwell actually make luck happen? Here is a magical and heartwarming story about kindness, friendship, and hope in the shadow of fortune’s ever-turning wheel.

Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough

The Medical Lives of Famous Writers
Author: John J. Ross, MD
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250012074
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 304
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The doctor suddenly appeared beside Will, startling him. He was sleek and prosperous, with a dainty goatee. Though he smiled reassuringly, the poet noticed that he kept a safe distance. In a soothing, urbane voice, the physician explained the treatment: stewed prunes to evacuate the bowels; succulent meats to ease digestion; cinnabar and the sweating tub to cleanse the disease from the skin. The doctor warned of minor side effects: uncontrolled drooling, fetid breath, bloody gums, shakes and palsies. Yet desperate diseases called for desperate remedies, of course. Were Shakespeare's shaky handwriting, his obsession with venereal disease, and his premature retirement connected? Did John Milton go blind from his propaganda work for the Puritan dictator Oliver Cromwell, as he believed, or did he have a rare and devastating complication of a very common eye problem? Did Jonathan Swift's preoccupation with sex and filth result from a neurological condition that might also explain his late-life surge in creativity? What Victorian plague wiped out the entire Brontë family? What was the cause of Nathaniel Hawthorne's sudden demise? Were Herman Melville's disabling attacks of eye and back pain the product of "nervous affections," as his family and physicians believed, or did he actually have a malady that was unknown to medical science until well after his death? Was Jack London a suicide, or was his death the product of a series of self-induced medical misadventures? Why did W. B. Yeats's doctors dose him with toxic amounts of arsenic? Did James Joyce need several horrific eye operations because of a strange autoimmune disease acquired from a Dublin streetwalker? Did writing Nineteen Eighty-Four actually kill George Orwell? The Bard meets House, M.D. in this fascinating untold story of the impact of disease on the lives and works of some the finest writers in the English language. In Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough, John Ross cheerfully debunks old biographical myths and suggests fresh diagnoses for these writers' real-life medical mysteries. The author takes us way back, when leeches were used for bleeding and cupping was a common method of cure, to a time before vaccinations, sterilized scalpels, or real drug regimens. With a healthy dose of gross descriptions and a deep love for the literary output of these ten greats, Ross is the doctor these writers should have had in their time of need.

Mein Katalonien

Bericht über den Spanischen Bürgerkrieg
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257602480
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Ende 1936 kam Orwell als Zeitungsreporter nach Barcelona, um über den Bürgerkrieg zu berichten. Er schloß sich der Miliz P.O.U.M. an, der Arbeiterpartei der marxistischen Einigung, und kämpfte den Winter über an der Front in Aragonien. Als er wenig später mit ansehen mußte, wie die Kommunisten bei der Ausschaltung der ihnen nicht genehmen Truppen Methoden der faschistischen Geheimpolizei anwandten, wurde er zu einem der erbittertsten Feinde des sowjetischen Totalitarismus.

Between Two Worlds

Essays
Author: Richard Hoggart
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Culture
Page: 318
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Now in his 83rd year, Richard Hoggart continues to stand for a set of valueshich represent liberalism and enlightenment at their best. Though affrontedy the educational, cultural and social policies of the 1980s and 90s whichlowed from the belief that 'there is no such things as society' and thatarket forces should reign untrammelled, he remains equally unimpressed byhe those on the left who would reject the legitimacy of democratic politics,istoric institutions and literary culture. The essays in this book all thessues which have preoccupied Hoggart over his long and varied career: theole of culture in society, the pleasures of literature and its relevance tour everyday lives, the importance of education, and the ways in whichulture, literature and education all influence, and are in turn affected by,olitics. Thus, he asks whether museums are inevitably political institutions?hether we should defend the right top publish 'even hateful stuff? Ifocial workers have gone so far in identifying with the interests of theirclients' that they have forgotten that they are employed to serve the

Nikotin


Author: Nell Zink
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644000654
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Nell Zink, listige Humoristin und Autorin des fulminanten, von der Kritik gefeierten Debüts «Der Mauerläufer», nimmt in ihrem neuen Roman das gespaltene Amerika aufs Korn. Penny Baker, soeben mit dem College fertig, jetzt arbeitslos und zudem durch den kürzlichen Tod ihres Vaters neben der Spur, beschließt, erst mal dessen verfallendes Elternhaus in Jersey City zu renovieren, um wieder Boden unter die Füße zu bekommen. Doch Überraschung: Sie findet es besetzt von ein paar netten, noch rauchenden Anarchisten, die ihrer WG den Namen «Nicotine» verpasst haben. Erster Eindruck: «Als hätte man ungefragt einen Haufen Bettwanzen, die immerhin den Abwasch machen.» Mit der Zeit jedoch geben ihr die Bewohner und andere Hausbesetzer aus der Nachbarschaft einen Sinn für Zugehörigkeit und Gemeinschaft, den Penny dringend braucht, und bald zieht sie nebenan ein und engagiert sich in den politischen Kämpfen der Besetzer. Nur hat der Rest der Familie andere Pläne: Ihre Mutter und ihr spießiger Halbbruder, dem sie noch nie ganz grün war, würden die jungen Chaoten am liebsten von der Polizei räumen lassen. Doch Penny nimmt den Kampf für sie auf – vor allem für Rob, den aus Überzeugung asexuell lebenden Mann, in den sie sich verliebt hat. Dies ist ein Roman über den Kampf zwischen Habenichtsen und Immer-mehr-Wollern, zwischen Idealismus und Pragmatismus – ein Buch über Amerika heute, das kaum witziger, böser, klüger sein könnte.

Orwell

The Life
Author: D J Taylor
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 140902850X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 496
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Orwell has become one of the most potent and symbolic figures in western political thought. Even the adjective 'Orwellian' is now a byword for a particular way of thinking about life, literature and language yet, despite this iconic status, the man who was born Eric Blair in 1903 remains an enigma. Drawing on a mass of previously unseen material, D J Taylor offers a strikingly human portrait of the writer too often embalmed as a secular saint. Here is a man who, for all his outward unworldliness, effectively stage-managed his own life; who combined chilling detachment with warmth and gentleness, disillusionment with hope; who battled through illness to produce two of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century. Moving and revealing, Taylor's Orwell is the biography we have all been waiting for, as vibrant, powerful and resonant as its extraordinary hero.

Northanger Abbey

Roman
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423407824
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Ein finsteres Familiengeheimnis oder doch nur blühende Phantasie? Catherine Morland liest gerne Schauerromane. Als ihr gebildeter Verehrer sie seiner Familie vorstellt, ist diese not amused. Die Aura des alten Landsitzes ›Northanger Abbey‹ beflügelt Catherines Phantasie so sehr, dass sie bald glaubt, einem Familiengeheimnis auf der Spur zu sein.