Homage to Catalonia

book by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia is a book by George Orwell. It was published in 1938. In the book, the author talks about his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. He explains what he saw and what happened to him.


George Orwell went to Spain in 1936, just after he had finished writing The Road to Wigan Pier. He wanted to fight against fascism. As well as fighting in the war, he wanted to write about what happened so people in Britain would know what was happening.[1]


Orwell tells the story of what happened to him in the war. He talks about what Barcelona was like when it was run by anarchists and how the soldiers got ready to fight in the war. Next, Orwell talks about fighting in trenches. The second part of the book talks about how some of the groups fighting against the fascists started to argue amongst themselves and how Orwell had to leave the country to escape some of the groups who had turned against him.[2]


  1. Preston, Paul (6 May 2017). "George Orwell's Spanish civil war memoir is a classic, but is it bad history?" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. "Homage to Catalonia". The British Library.