Read between the lines of Orwell’s essay Marrakech. It remains relevant

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George Orwell, c. 1940. Author: Cassowary Colorizations
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The Arablit blog and its companion BULAQ podcast, both which cast a keen eye on the Arab world through the lens of literature, recently tackled a touchy subject.

They looked at the reality of poorly portrayed Muslim and Arab characters in film, TV and literature. All too often, they are unbelievable and poorly-researched but did George Orwell’s “Marrakech” essay fall in that category?

Marrakech by George Orwell

As the corpse went past the flies left the restaurant table in a cloud
and rushed after it, but they came back a few minutes later.

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