By John Sutherland
Sutherland airs out the odors, fetors, stenches, and reeks trapped within the pages of Orwell’s books. From Winston Smith’s house in Nineteen Eighty-Four, which “smelt of boiled cabbage and outdated rag mats,” to the tantalizing aromas of concubine Ma Hla May’s hair in Burmese Days, with its “mingled odor of sandalwood, garlic, coconut oil, and jasmine,” Sutherland explores the smell narratives that abound in Orwell’s literary international. alongside the way in which, he elucidates questions that experience remained unanswered in earlier biographies, addressing gaps that experience stored the author elusively from us. In doing so, Sutherland bargains an wonderful yet enriching examine probably the most vital writers of the 20 th century and, in addition, a wholly new and sensuous approach to process literature: nostril first.
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