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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Orwell's Cough


Author: John Ross
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780741138
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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“The doctor suddenly appeared beside Will, startling him. Though he smiled reassuringly, the poet noticed that he kept a safe distance. In a soothing, urbane voice, he explained the treatment: stewed prunes to evacuate the bowels; succulent meats to ease digestion; cinnabar and the sweating tub… Desperate diseases called for desperate remedies.” Did Will Shakespeare’s doctors addle his brain with cinnabar and mercury? Was Jane Eyre inspired by the plagued school that claimed the Brontë clan? Did writing 1984 kill George Orwell? Dr John Ross of Harvard Medical School opens his surgery to consult with the likes of Milton, Swift, Melville, Joyce, and Jack London, exploring the history of medicine as never before, from the Bard’s cloaked visits to Southwark to cure his unsavoury rashes to the arsenic-and-horse-serum jabs given for Yeats’s fevers. With novelistic flair and deep expertise, Ross reveals a wholly absorbing new view on the writer’s life.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

George Orwell

English Rebel
Author: Robert Colls
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191502197
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 352
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An intellectual who did not like intellectuals, a socialist who did not trust the state, a writer of the left who found it easier to forgive writers of the right, a liberal who was against free markets, a Protestant who believed in religion but not in God, a fierce opponent of nationalism who defined Englishness for a generation. Aside from being one of the greatest political essayists in the English language and author of two of the most famous books in twentieth century literature, George Orwell was a man of many fascinating contradictions, someone who liked to go against the grain because he believed that was where the truth usually lay. George Orwell. English Rebel takes us on a journey through the many twists and turns of Orwell's life and thought, from the precocious public school satirist at Eton and the imperial policeman in Burma, through his early years as a rather dour documentary writer, down and out on the streets of Paris and London and on the road to Wigan pier, o his formative experiences as a volunteer soldier in the Spanish Civil War. Above all, the book skilfully traces Orwell's gradual reconciliation with his country, a journey which began down a coal mine in 1936 to find its exhilarating peaks during the dark days of the Second World War.

A History of Britain - Volume 3

The Fate of Empire 1776-2000
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409018350
Category: History
Page: 448
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The final stage of Simon Schama's epic voyage around Britain spans centuries, crosses the breadth of the empire and covers a vast expanse of topics - from the birth of feminism to the fate of freedom. The Fate of the Empire asks crucial questions about the nature of empire, journeying from celebrations of industrial and imperialist power at the Great Exhibition, to the catastrophic Irish potato famine and the Indian Mutiny. Through the military and economic shocks and traumas of our past, Schama asks the question that is still with us - is the immense weight of our history a blessing or a curse, a gift or a millstone around the neck of our future? This third and final volume in the series is a vast compelling history, made more so by the lively storytelling and big bold characters at the heart of the action. But alongside flamboyant heroes, like Nelson and Churchill, Schama recalls unsung heroines and virtually unknown enemies. Alongside the grand ideas, he exposes the grand illusions that cost untold lives.

The Fun Stuff

And Other Essays
Author: James Wood
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374709068
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 352
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Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works—books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation—The Fun Stuff confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches—that range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leon Tolstoy, Edmund Wilson, and Mikhail Lermontov—Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel. He effortlessly connects his encyclopedic, passionate understanding of the literary canon with an equally in-depth analysis of the most important authors writing today, including Cormac McCarthy, Lydia Davis, Aleksandar Hemon, and Michel Houellebecq. Included in The Fun Stuff are the title essay on Keith Moon and the lost joys of drumming—which was a finalist for last year's National Magazine Awards—as well as Wood's essay on George Orwell, which Christopher Hitchens selected for the Best American Essays 2010. The Fun Stuff is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about contemporary literature.

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.