The legendary writer, George Orwell, is venerated all over the world, not only for his literary works, but for his passion for overcoming social injustice. One of his most famous works, Homage to Catalonia (1938), recounts his involvement in the Spanish Civil War, as he fought for the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista, the ‘Workers' Party of Marxist Unification’) until it was declared illegal and Orwell was forced to flee Catalunya. Orwell upheld a defiance and hatred for fascism, and was greatly respected amongst anti-totalitarianists both during his lifetime and today.
This year, to commemorate Orwell, a series of tours will take place around the city centre—free of charge— in Spanish, Catalan and English, led by Brendan von Briesen, Nick Lloyd and Catherine Howley respectively. These tours take you through ‘Orwell’s Barcelona’ and offer a completely different perspective on the Barcelona that we see around us today. What’s more, the CCCB are hosting a conference after the literary tours, which will be led by Miquel Berga (Professor of English Literature at Pompeu Fabra University). Berga will discuss Orwell as well as the topic of freedom of expression.
More information here.
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