Books: What Happened in Spain

HOMAGE TO CATALONIA (232 pp.)— George Orwell — Harcourt, Brace ($3.50).

In December 1936, a 33-year-old Englishman named Eric Blair arrived in Barcelona to have a look at Spain's civil war and write some pieces about it. A radical in politics and an antiFascist, he decided to fight instead, and enlisted in a militia outfit. Seven months later, badly used up and sporting the scars of a near-fatal bullet hole through his neck, he went back to England and wrote a book about his experience. It was not a popular book because it was...

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