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Orwell’s Animal Farm and Nineteen E ighty-Four: Critiques of Stalinism `from the left’? | Links

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    Orwell’s Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four: Critiques of Stalinism `from the left’? By *Alex Miller* This essay is the result of a re-reading of George
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2008
      Orwell’s Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four: Critiques of Stalinism
      `from the left’?

      By *Alex Miller*

      This essay is the result of a re-reading of George Orwell’s two most
      famous novels. Both /Animal Farm/ and /Nineteen Eighty-Four/ have
      acquired the status of textbooks, and are routinely used in schools to
      demonstrate to children the inherent dangers of social revolution. It is
      time for a reappraisal.

      The ``Centenary Edition’’ of George Orwell’s /Animal Farm/ contains a
      preface written by Orwell for the first edition (Secker and Warburg,
      1945) but never published, together with a preface that he wrote
      specially for a translation for displaced Ukrainians living under
      British and US administration after World War II.

      If we are to take Orwell at his word in the first of these prefaces,
      /Animal Farm/ is intended as a critique of the Stalinist Soviet regime
      ``from the left’’. He explicitly dissociates himself from conservative
      critiques, which he describes as ``manifestly dishonest, out of date,
      and actuated by sordid motives’’.

      Full: http://links.org.au/node/379

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