Luciano Marrocu

About the book

George Orwell is one of the sharpest and most courageous critics of the 20th Century. From the experience of the Spanish Civil War to his fight for political change at home, he has always acted as an independent thinker. This biography focuses on the most significant moments of Orwell’s life. The book retraces episodes from his private life, and it recreates the political and intellectual context which inspired Animal Farm and 1984. This study represents a significant contribution to fully appreciate George Orwell’s farsighted understanding of soviet totalitarianism and its monstrous ability to manipulate reality.

Buyer’s guide

Cover price: 16,00 euros
Pages: 236
ISBN: 978-88-96209-00-4
Rights Held: WORLD
Publication date: October 2009 (new edition in 2019)
Category: biography
Audience: general


★★★★★ “From the beautiful and complete work of Marrocu comes out all the ideological and political travail of the English writer.”
Il Secolo d’Italia  

★★★★★ “An engaging and intense biography.”
Il Giornale 

★★★★★ “A very intense ideal and creative path that Marrocu follows step by step, supported by a large bibliography and an evident empathy towards George the heretic.”
L’Unione Sarda  

★★★★★ “It is not a simple biography. It is a beautiful historical essay that reads like a novel.”
Il Passaparola dei Libri   

About the author

Luciano Marrocu is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Cagliari. His works include a biography of Beatrice Webb, various essays on the British Labour Party and several studies on the Fabian Society.

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