George Orwell's Elephant & Other Essays

Subhash Jaireth

George Orwell's Elephant & Other Essays
Gazebo Books
30 November 2023

George Orwell’s Elephant & Other Essays

Subhash Jaireth

In his new collection of essays Subhash Jaireth traverses the globe in an exploration of the personal and collective memory held within natural and built landscapes.

His roving curiosity takes us from his early life in Delhi to his years as a student in Soviet-era Moscow. We travel to Burma with George Orwell and battle windmills in Spain with Don Quixote. Jaireth walks us through the landscapes around Uluru, Canberra and Sydney with the sharp gaze of a geologist and the imagination of a poet. We follow the roots of an old banksia tree in his garden, the traces left by ancient rivers and seas, and stories passed down from time immemorial.

In George Orwell's Elephant & Other Essays, Jaireth draws his life's emotional map right on the soil under his feet, and in the process unearths narratives, characters and places that leave us aware of the layers of memory and meaning that shimmer all around us.

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