Stalin, Famine, and the New York Times

Peter Sarsgaard as Walter Duranty in Mr. Jones. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Mr. Jones tells the truth about Moscow’s man at the Paper of Record.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘T he world is being invaded by monsters, but I suppose you don’t want to hear about that,” Both clauses of that sentence are devastatingly true: The reference is equally to the horrors of the Soviet Union’s mass murders — and to the West’s determination to turn its back to the monstrosity. The speaker is George Orwell; the subject is Stalinism. Orwell is preparing to write a book called Animal Farm in which the farmer is named Mr. Jones.

Mr. Jones, it turns out, is also the name of an Orwell acquaintance who might have been an inspiration in his writing: Jones


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