Homage to Catalonia revisited

Many years, almost to the hour, before the date when I was born, one Eric Arthur Blair - better known as George Orwell - was nearly killed by a bullet from the Fascist lines, as he was fighting with the anarchist brigades on the Republican side on the Aragon front in 1937, during the second year of the Spanish Civil War.

He survived the ordeal and the chaotic times that followed, and went on to write the seminal Homage to Catalonia, a first hand account of his experiences of that brutal conflict, and of the bitter in-fighting and struggle for power within the left that ended in their eventual defeat and to the vicious authoritarian dictatorship led by General Franco for nearly forty years afterwards.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the publication of the book, I have followed his steps by documenting the original locations in Catalonia and Aragon in Spain, and combined my images with quotes from the original novel as captions for many of the photos.