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release date: Dec 29, 2014
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Homage to Catalonia
A first-hand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell's ‘Homage to Catalonia’. “Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it”. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode: the revolu-tionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the vicious treachery of his supposed allies. Check out our other books at www.dogstailbooks.co.uk
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release date: Sep 20, 2014
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Down and Out in Paris and London
Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his 'first contact with poverty'. Here, he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris's vile 'Hôtel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously-hidden world to his readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time - and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.
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release date: Apr 30, 2013
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Anarchism and Other Essays
Emma Goldman's most important essays now available in a budget edition. Essential reading for anyone interested in anarchist thought and Goldman's unique contribution to it. Check out our full range of books at www.dogstailbooks.co.uk
release date: Mar 13, 2014
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Mutual Aid: A Factor in Evolution
In ‘Mutual Aid’, Peter Kropotkin attacks the use of Darwinism as a social theory, arguing that cooperation is as important as competition, and had led to the highest achievements of the human race. Examining animals, indigenous societies, medieval cities, and the modern era, Kropotkin demonstrates the importance of cooperation and collective enterprise to evolution and survival, and as a means to social justice. This edition includes Kropotkin’s extensive notes which are at the end of each chapter.
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release date: Sep 19, 2014
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The Road to Wigan Pier
In 1936 George Orwell was commissioned to visit areas of mass unemployment in the North of England, and The Road to Wigan Pier is a powerful description of the poverty he witnessed there. A searing account of George Orwell's observations of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time. His graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, squalor, hunger and growing unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity. It crystallized the ideas that would be found in Orwell's later works and novels, and remains a powerful portrait of poverty, injustice and class divisions in Britain.
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release date: Sep 27, 2014
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Sand and Foam
‘Sand and Foam’ is a collection of profound and inspirational thoughts from the master of timeless wisdom, Kahlil Gibran, author of ‘The Prophet’. Abstract and specific, amused and awed, direct and circuitous, this work draws together strands of advice and motivation to enrich the mind, heart, soul and life of the reader. Newly presented in a beautiful small format, the lines of ‘Sand and Foam’ echo with a beauty as moving and relevant today as when they were first written.
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release date: Feb 22, 2014
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The Death of Ivan Ilyich
'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' is probably Tolstoy's greatest novella, because it encapsualtes his notion of what constitutes the better way to live. Ivan Ilycih, slowly dying, comes to realize that the material life he devoted himself to is meaningless when confronted by death. Poignant, sensitive and deeply moral, this is Tolstoy at his best. The cover painting is of Tolstoy ploughing his own fields.
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release date: Sep 13, 2014
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Little Eyolf
Little Eyolf tells the story of the Allmer family. At the outset of the play, the father, Alfred, has just returned from a trip to the mountains. While there, he resolved to focus foremost on raising his son Eyolf, rather than continue work on his book, Human Responsibility. Eyolf, though described as having "beautiful, intelligent eyes," is paralyzed in one of his legs, and thus his life is a sheltered one. He craves more than anything else to live the life of a normal boy, but his father knows that this is not possible. As such, Alfred wants to turn Eyolf towards loftier, intellectual pursuits. The Allmer household is soon visited by the Rat-Wife, a woman capable of enchanting rodents into following her into the sea, where they drown. She leaves when informed that her services are unnecessary, and Eyolf follows her, unnoticed by Alfred, his wife Rita, and Alfred's sister Asta. Once Eyolf is gone, Alfred details his plan for being a better father to Eyolf and allowing him to attain happiness. In the course of his description, they are visited by Borghejm, an engineer, who is interested in Asta. While Asta and Borghejm walk outside, Rita's possessiveness of Alfred is revealed, during which she even wishes that Eyolf had never been born, as he diverts Alfred's attention from herself. Rita and Alfred's conversation is interrupted by the return of Asta and Borghejm, and then followed by sounds of shouts down by the sea, which reveal that Eyolf has drowned after following the Rat-Wife into the sea. Down by the sea, Alfred mourns and is comforted by Asta. Rita and Borghejm follow, and once again Borghejm removes Asta from the action allowing for confrontation between Rita and Alfred. In the course of their conversation, Rita talks more about needing Alfred wholly while Alfred reveals that he married Rita in order to be able to better Asta's life. They also each blame each other for Eyolf's injury (as a baby, he fell off a table while they were making love), with Alfred accusing Rita of "luring me in to you,” distracting him from his duty to watch over Eyolf. Borghejm and Asta return, and Borghejm is once again unsuccessful at convincing Asta to marry him. However, when asked by Alfred and Rita to stay with them and take Eyolf's place, somehow allowing them to ease their guilt and avoid the problems in their relationship, Asta decides to marry Borghejm and follow him north. With Alfred indicating a continued unwillingness to be the husband Rita desires, she shares her new plan to try to better the lives of the poorer children who live down by the sea. In this, Alfred sees something positive again in Rita, and Alfred decides to remain, so that together they can atone for their mistakes
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release date: Feb 22, 2014
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Labor and Freedom
While there is a lower class I am in it; While there is a criminal class I am of it; While there is a soul in prison I am not free. An inspiring selection of articles and speeches by the man who was the father of American socialism and a tireless and passionate defender of the rights of the workers, the poor, women and all those oppressed and exploited by capitalist America. A book as relevant now as it was 100 years ago.
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release date: Jul 27, 2014
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A Cool Million
Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. ‘A Cool Million’, written in 1934, is a satiric Horatio Alger story set in the midst of the Depression. Check out our other books at www.dogstailbooks.co.uk
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