Homage to Catalonia | Study Guide

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Timeline of Events

  • December 1936

    George Orwell and his wife arrive in Barcelona.

    Chapter 1
  • December 1936 to January 1937

    Orwell trains in the Lenin Barracks in Barcelona.

    Chapter 2
  • January 1937

    Orwell's company arrives near the front in the town of Alcubierre.

    Chapter 2
  • January 1937

    Orwell is given the rank of corporal.

    Chapter 3
  • Three weeks later

    Orwell joins a contingent of Englishmen at Monte Trazo.

    Chapter 4
  • Mid-February

    Orwell rejoins his company at Huesca.

    Chapter 4
  • One day in February

    Orwell hears the fall of Malaga involved treachery.

    Chapter 5
  • Late March

    Orwell is sent to the hospital to have an infection treated.

    Chapter 5
  • Soon afterward

    Orwell participates in a nighttime raid on a fascist position.

    Chapter 6
  • April 25

    Orwell is granted leave from the front.

    Chapter 7
  • Days later

    Orwell sees class antagonism and political infighting in Barcelona.

    Chapter 8
  • May 3–5

    Orwell fights on the anarchist side against the communists in Barcelona.

    Chapter 9
  • Days later

    Orwell returns to the front.

    Chapter 10
  • Some time later

    At Huesca Orwell is shot in the throat.

    Chapter 10
  • 10 days later

    Orwell rests in a POUM hospital in Barcelona.

    Chapter 11
  • Soon after

    Orwell and his wife decide to leave Barcelona.

    Chapter 11
  • Soon after

    Orwell returns to the front to get discharge papers.

    Chapter 11
  • June 1937

    Orwell tries to get Kopp released from prison.

    Chapter 12
  • Soon after

    Orwell and his wife take a train to France.

    Chapter 12
  • Soon after

    Orwell and his wife arrive in England.

    Chapter 12

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 It is late December 1936. British writer George Orwell has come to Spain to fight on the Republican side in the Spanish ... Read More
Chapter 2 Orwell and his company arrive near the front in January 1937. First the train journey ends at Barbastro, a town Orwell d... Read More
Chapter 3 Five things are important to all soldiers in trench warfare, says Orwell, and he lists them in descending order of impor... Read More
Chapter 4 After spending three weeks at the front, Orwell and the company's other Englishman, Williams, leave the company for anot... Read More
Chapter 5 Orwell and the other militiamen settle east of the town of Huesca, which is currently held by fascists. "Meanwhile nothi... Read More
Chapter 6 The company's commander, Benjamin, asks for 15 volunteers; they are going to attack the fascist redoubt at Huesca that n... Read More
Chapter 7 Spring arrives at last. The days are warmer, cherry trees blossom, and bathing in the river "cease[s] to be an agony and... Read More
Chapter 8 George Orwell compares the experience of coming back to Barcelona after fighting on the front to an experience he once h... Read More
Chapter 9 On May 3, 1937, a friend of George Orwell's tells him there is "some kind of trouble at the Telephone Exchange," the bui... Read More
Chapter 10 Just days after the street fighting in Barcelona, Orwell and his company return to the front at Huesca. Orwell is disill... Read More
Chapter 11 Orwell is back in Barcelona, recuperating at the suburban hospital Sanatorium Maurín. He finds Barcelona much changed af... Read More
Chapter 12 In hiding, Orwell leads a double life. By day it is safe to be seen on the streets, as long as one pretends to be a tour... Read More
Appendixes 1–2 In the Appendixes Orwell gives his political analysis of the Spanish Civil War and of the street fighting in Barcelona... Read More
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