Link: A Hanging

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George Orwell: Wikipedia

The barbarity and “unspeakable wrongness” of capital punishment — of “cutting a life short when it is in full tide” — has rarely been brought out as powerfully and as movingly as in George Orwell’s 2000-word essay, “A Hanging.” Published in 1931 in The Adelphi, a British literary magazine, this journalistic gem describes the execution of a criminal in Burma — where Eric Arthur Blair, which was Orwell’s real name, served in the British Imperial Police between 1922 and 1927. Republished in The Hindu OP-ED

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