Facing East 2: George Orwell

I just found this great image:

Photograph of 'Voice' monthly radio programme team in 1942

‘Voice’, the monthly radio magazine programme in the Eastern Service of the BBC, 1942: (left to right, sitting) Venu Chitale, J. M. Tambimuttu, T. S. Eliot, Una Marson, Mulk Raj Anand, Christopher Pemberton, Narayana Menon; (standing) George Orwell, Nancy Barratt, William Empson.

I found it at a site called Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870–1950. It highlights the fact that Orwell, although thought of by some as a Little Englander, was fundamentally an internationalist and cosmopolitan, and in many senses a postcolonial figure.

More photos of this period of Orwell’s life here. More of this story beneath the fold.

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