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By John Sutherland

In 2012 author John Sutherland completely misplaced his experience of scent. At concerning the similar time, he launched into a rereading of George Orwell and—still dealing with his contemporary disability—noticed anything strange: Orwell was once absolutely captivated with scent. during this unique, irreverent biography, Sutherland deals a clean account of Orwell’s existence and works, one who sniffs out a different, scented path that wends from Burmese Days via Nineteen Eighty-Four and directly to The highway to Wigan Pier.
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 From Winston Smith’s house in Nineteen Eighty-Four, which “smelt of boiled cabbage and outdated rag mats,” to the tantalizing aromas of concubine Ma Hla May’s hair in Burmese Days, with its “mingled odor of sandalwood, garlic, coconut oil, and jasmine,”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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