Bibliographic information:
ISBN: 9781913724665
Paperback • 48pp • £5
110 mm x 178 mm
14 January 2022
Territory: World English (excluding US)

Shooting an Elephant

George Orwell



ISBN: 9781913724665




George Orwell set out ‘to make political writing into an art’, and to a wide extent this aim shaped the future of English literature – his descriptions of authoritarian regimes helped to form a new vocabulary that is fundamental to understanding totalitarianism. While 1984 and Animal Farm are amongst the most popular classic novels in the English language, this new series of Orwell’s essays seeks to bring a wider selection of his writing on politics and literature to a new readership.

Shooting an Elephant, the fifth in the Orwell’s Essays series, tells the story of a police officer in Burma who is called upon to shoot an aggressive elephant. Thought to be loosely based on Orwell’s own experiences in Burma, the tightly written essay weaves together fact and fiction indistinguishably, and leaves the reader contemplating the heavy topic of colonialism, with the words ‘when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys’ echoing from the page.

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George Orwell

Born Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), George Orwell was an English journalist, writer and critic, best remembered today for his innumerable essays, his novels – in particular Animal Farm and 1984 – and his longer non-fiction works.