MADAM MIAOW’S CULTURE LOUNGE 8/8
Where politics and culture collide
Presented by Anna Chen
5.30-6.30pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
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GEORGE ORWELL: LEFT OR RIGHT?
Guests: Professor John Newsinger and Paul Anderson. With Charles Shaar Murray.
The final programme in this year’s series of Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge asks if George Orwell was as much of a right-wing anti-socialist as is claimed. Think you know the answer? You may be surprised.
Far from being turned off the necessity for revolution, John Newsinger makes the case in his book, Orwell’s Politics, that Orwell remained truer to his progressive politics than the Stalinists who viciously denounced him.
In the year that the vast scale of covert government surveillance has been revealed, sales of Orwell’s 1984 have shot up 7000 per cent. His X-ray vision is proving even more relevant in these turbulent times than we imagined, so it’s vital to understand what it was he was saying.
Also in the studio, helping untangle the myth from the man, is author Paul Anderson, former editor of Tribune and deputy editor of the New Statesman — both publications for whom Orwell wrote — and who edited the book Orwell in Tribune.
With great themed music and lively discussion.
We’re back next year. Thanks for listening. Have a wonderful festive season.