Remembering George Orwell
1903, June 25. - 1950, January 21.

Homage To Catalonia.

'Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like unto him.
        Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.'
 Proverbs XXVI. 5-6

"In La Granja every room that was not in use had been turned into a latrine — a frightful shambles of smashed furniture and excrement. The little church that adjoined it, its walls perforated by shell-holes, had its floor inches deep in dung. In the great courtyard where the cooks ladled out the rations the litter of rusty tins, mud, mule dung, and decaying food was revolting. It gave point to the old army song:

There are rats, rats,
Rats as big as cats,
In the quartermaster’s store!

The ones at La Granja itself really were as big as cats, or nearly; great bloated brutes that waddled over the beds of muck, too impudent even to run away unless you shot at them."

Saluut aan Catalonië
Dutch edition. 1984. First ed. 1964
Translation: Aad Nuis
Published by Van Gennep Amsterdam

Homage To Catalonia
USA first paperback edition. 1952
Harcourt, Brace & World,  Inc., New York.
First published by Secker and Warburg, London, 1938.

Homage to Catalonya - review by Maartje Somers - Het Parool - 20 nov 1998 (text in Dutch)

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