Monday, October 3, 2011

Orwell's elephant

By Nikos Konstandaras
«In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people -– the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me,” George Orwell wrote in his essay “Shooting an Elephant” in 1936. At the time, the young Eric Blair (before he took the penname Orwell) was a police officer serving a colonial apparatus that he did not believe in.

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