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Orwellův méně známý román z roku 1939 zachycuje život v Angli před druhou světovou válkou očima pojišťovacího agenta, Georga Bowlinga. Jde o průměrného obyvatele středoanglického předměstí, s průměrným platem a nadprůměrnou váhou - má přezdívku Tlusťoch. Byť je navenek typickým příkladem středního stavu, se společenskou realitou se nedokáže vyrovnat. Také se zcela míjí se světem manželky Hildy a svých dvou dětí. Banální příhoda z ulice nasměřuje jeho myšlenky do zapomenutého dětství, starého "nezkaženého" světa klukovských radovánek, a nakonec v sobě nachází dost odvahy na to, aby svůj útěk do rodného kraje zrealizoval.
George Orwell i v tomto pozoruhodném a stále aktuálním díle poměrně přesně předvídal, kam směřuje moderní svět a jakou má civilizace šanci na přežití.
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Read information about the authorEric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. His work is marked by keen intelligence and wit, a profound awareness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language, and a belief in democratic socialism.
In addition to his literary career Orwell served as a a police officer with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-1927 and fought with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1937. Orwell was severely wounded when he was shot through his throat. Later the organization that he had joined when he joined the Republican cause,The Workers Party of Marxist Unification (POUM), was painted by the pro-Soviet Communists as a Trotskyist organization (Trotsky was Joseph Stalin's enemy) and disbanded. Orwell and his wife were accused of "rabid Trotskyism" and tried in absentia in Barcelona, along with other leaders of the POUM, in 1938. However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England.
Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left-wing magazine. He was a prolific polemical journalist, article writer, literary critic, reviewer, poet and writer of fiction, and, considered perhaps the twentieth century's best chronicler of English culture.
Orwell is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1949) and the satirical novella Animal Farm (1945) — they have together sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author. His 1938 book Homage to Catalonia, an account of his experiences as a volunteer on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War, together with numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture, are widely acclaimed.
Orwell's influence on contemporary culture, popular and political, continues decades after his death. Several of his neologisms, along with the term "Orwellian" — now a byword for any oppressive or manipulative social phenomenon opposed to a free society — have entered the vernacular.
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