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Keep the Aspidistra Flying

ISBN : 9780198858317

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¥1,826
Author: 
George Orwell; Benjamin Kohlmann
Pages
272 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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  • First critical edition of Keep the Aspidistra Flying, complete with explanatory notes and an introduction
  • Features all-new introduction which situates the novel in its literary, historical, and biographical contexts
  • One of Orwell's most accessible realist novels, which speaks directly to our current moment (anti-capitalism; experiences of precarity; socialism)

   
"Money is what God used to be. Good and evil have no meaning any longer except failure and success."
  
Disgusted by society's materialism, Gordon Comstock leaves his job in advertising to pursue an ill-fated career as a poet. In his race to the bottom, only Rosemary, his long-suffering girlfriend, challenges Gordon's self-destructive course. The novel contains the most sustained reflections on the role of the author and the artistic imagination anywhere in Orwell's fiction, as the book's protagonist struggles (and ultimately fails) to reconcile his romantic-aestheticist sensibilities with the pressures of the literary marketplace and with social expectations. Completed while Orwell travelled north to work on The Road to Wigan Pier, this novel is a key transitional text in his career. Offering a powerful portrayal of the emotional toll of precarity and the desire to break with capitalism, Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a significant work of mid-century British fiction but it also speaks to our own time.

Index: 

Introduction
Notes on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of George Orwell
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

George Orwell
Edited by Benjamin Kohlmann, University of Regensburg
  
Benjamin Kohlmann teaches English literature at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is the author of Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s (2014) and Speculative States: Literature and Reform in Britain, 1870-1920 (forthcoming). His articles have been published in PMLA, ELH, Novel, and other journals. He has co-edited several essay collections, including A History of 1930s British Literature (2019), with Matthew Taunton.

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