Hunter S. Thompson’s primary muse was not F. Scott Fitzgerald, but rather George Orwell and his fact-bending 1933 memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London.
George Orwell's essays -- so urgently relevant in these times -- convey the political and social views he would later express in his fiction.
A newly discovered document sheds important light on the author, his thought, and the struggle against authoritarianism, as discussed with Orwell researcher David Smith.
Two AK Press titles, Between the Bullet and the Lie and The Duty to Stand Aside, show there's no shortage of important ideas to be plumbed from George Orwell's vast and complex oeuvre.
Two recently translated works -- Lydie Salvayre's Cry, Mother Spain and Joan Sales' Uncertain Glory -- bring to life the profound complexity of an early struggle against fascism, the Spanish Civil War.