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Down and Out in Paris and London

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Written by George Orwell / Introduction by Hugo Rifkind

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ISBN: 9781846976582
Published: 04 Jan 2024
Format: Paperback
Extent: 256
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
Categories:
Literary non-fiction
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About the Book

George Orwell’s vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately poor and destitute, Down and Out in Paris and London is a moving tour of the underworld of society.

Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his ‘first contact with poverty’. Here, he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor – sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris’s vile ‘Hôtel X’, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously-hidden world to his readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time – and in doing so, found his voice as a writer.


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