Orwell's work is often employed as a rejoinder to the anti-fascist rhetoric of stalwart leftists, but the man himself was a democratic socialist. None of his texts make this clearer than Homage to Catalonia, which describes his time fighting Fascists alongside Marxists, unionists, anarchists and all kinds of other dirty words.

This historical text describes a vivid and vital moment in history. We should ask ourselves: why do we assign 1984 or Animal Farm to children rather than this non-fiction, first-person account of anti-fascist struggle?

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