On 15 February 1945, George Orwell left his desk in London to report as a war correspondent about the advance of the Anglo-American troops on the continent and the effects of the war against Nazi-Germany. Orwell travelled in the wake of the victors through bombed-out German cities. Eight months previously the house he had lived in with his family had been destroyed by German bombs. Between 25 February and 10 June 1945, 20 of his articles were printed - 14 in The Observer und six in Manchester Evening News. Two of them are being reprinted here for the first time. Extracts from essays which relate to this journey and "Revenge Is Sour", his best known essay about his experiences in defeated Germany which appeared in the second half of 1945, are supplemented.

Introduction by Stephen Kearney.


"George Orwell's war reports have never been collected in one volume before, (…). Now the small German publisher Comino has taken advantage of the end of copyright restrictions to issue Ruins (a title inspired by Orwell's report from April 25, "Future of a Ruined Germany"). They have an additional advantage in including a previously unknown report, making this collection even more desirable. (...) Although not large (...), a collection such as Ruins is another reason to examine every part of George Orwell's work in close-up and depth."

L. J. Hurst, The Orwell Society, (3rd October 2021)

 George Orwell: RUINS. Orwell's Reports as War Correspondent in France, Germany and Austria from February until June 1945. Comino Verlag, ISBN 978-3-945831-31-1
ISBN 978-3-945831-31-1
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