Homage to Catalonia Setting & Symbolism

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Barcelona

Barcelona is a large city in the Northwest of Spain, in Catalonia. Orwell arrives in Barcelona as a journalist, but is immediately caught up in the intense revolutionary spirit of the place. He quickly joins a militia unit to fight against Fascism. Later, Orwell returns to Barcelona to discover the revolutionary spirit is missing and sees the city devolve into brutal street fighting. Barcelona is described in great detail in the book and is the location of much of the book's narrative action.

Huesca

Huesca is a small city in the Northwest of Spain, in Aragon. Orwell is sent to join a POUM militia unit, composed mostly of ILP-affiliated Englishmen, on the outskirts of Huesca. The anarchist forces make a prolonged effort to take Huesca and Orwell's unit supports the attempt by attacking along the Nationalist flank, pinning down units that would otherwise converge to the defense...

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