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The man who tried to reinvent himself,
This review is from: George Orwell's Commander in Spain: The Enigma of Georges Kopp (Paperback)
For anyone with an interest in George Orwell, in the Spanish Civil War, for everyone with an interest in the genesis of 1984, Marc Wildemeersch's book will prove fascinating.
Georges Kopp was Orwell's commander in Spain, a "tall, ruddy flamand", very courageous, with an eye for the ladies, but also a deeply troubled and complex man, who tried to reinvent himself in Spain.
Kopp fell foul of the Stalinists, and Orwell, in "Homage to Catalonia" tells how he risked his own life and safety to try to free his comrade in arms, his friend, and quite possibily the lover of his wife. Wildemeersch has done his homework, traced conflicting accounts, and gives a fascinating overview of Kopp's life, putting into the light this companion of Orwell whose experiences in the trenches and in prison would deeply influence 1984 and Animal Farm.
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