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George Orwell’s son follows father’s steps in Barcelona

19 May 2019 02:23 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

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Richard Blair, son of world-famous anti-totalitarian writer George Orwell (whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair), visited the site of the clinic where his father had been treated during the Spanish Civil War.

Orwell, an “old-fashioned socialist,” traveled to Barcelona as a journalist in December of 1936 to find out more about the Civil War, which he felt was being misrepresented by the foreign press. He then enlisted in the war as a Republican volunteer for POUM, a Trotskyist faction.

  • George Orwell’s son follows father’s steps in Barcelona