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The Communist Plot to Assassinate George Orwell | Literary Hub

When George Orwell returned to Barcelona for thethird time, on June 20th, 1937, he discovered that the Spanish secretpolice were after him. He had been forced to return to thefront in order to have his discharge papers countersigned and,in his absence, the Communists had initiated a purge of theirperceived enemies. Orwell was on the list. As he arrived in thelobby of the Hotel Continental, Eileen approached him calmly,placed her arm around his neck, and smiled for the benefit ofanyone watching. Once they were close enough she hissed inhis ear: