George Scialabba: ”Why Orwell matters”

Recension av Hitchens bok Why Orwell Matters.

For an intellectual, it is the hardest thing in the world to be both passionate and disinterested, committed and open-minded, eager to convince and willing to listen: to be, in a word, fair. Orwell had this gift, or virtue, in an exceptional degree; and those of us less gifted morally can learn it, to the extent we’re capable, from his writings. This, along with the astuteness of his judgments and the pleasures of his prose, is why Orwell matters.

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