Friday, January 15, 2010

George Orwell in Mandalay

Orwell-in-Mandalay
[photo taken from Irrawaddy]

George Orwell is best known for his novel, 1984, in which he envisioned a government that watches its citizens' every move.

Orwell served in Burma from 1922 to 1927. He went to police training school in Mandalay, where the above picture was taken. George Orwell stands third from left in this photo from his days at the Burma Provincial Police Training School. The photo is dated 1923. He served in Maymyo, Myaungmya, Twante, Syriam (Thanlyin), Moulmein (Mawlamyine) and Katha.


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