Burma Sahib

Burma Sahib

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 22/02/2024
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From renowned author Paul Theroux comes a fascinating, atmospheric novel inspired by George Orwell's years in Burma.

'There is a short period in everyone's life when his character is fixed forever.' - George Orwell.

Eric Blair stood out amongst his fellow police trainees in 1920s Burma. Nineteen years old, unusually tall, a diffident loner fresh from Eton, after five years spent in the narrow colonial world of the Raj – a decaying system steeped in overt racism and petty class-conflict – he would emerge as the George Orwell we know.

Drawing on all his powers of observation and imagination, Paul Theroux brings Orwell's Burma years to radiant life, tracing the development of the young man's consciousness as he confronts the social, racial and class politics and the reality of Burma beyond. Through one writer, we come to understand another - and see how what Orwell called 'five boring years within the sound of bugles' were in fact the years that made him.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241633342
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 610g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 34 mm

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Burma Sahib
An intriguing fictionalized account of George Orwell's formative years in Burma
"Burma Sahib" by Paul Theroux promises an intriguing fictionalized account of George Orwell's formative years in Burma. As a fan of Theroux's travel writin... READ MORE
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