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Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

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By (author) George Orwell

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 197mm x 15mm | 184g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141187360
  • ISBN 13: 9780141187365
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 309,426

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Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, the book documents his 'first contact with poverty': sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses, working as a dishwasher in Paris, 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 readers, Orwell gave a human face to poverty, and in doing so, found his voice as a great writer.

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Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in India in 1903. He was educated at Eton, served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, and worked in Britain as a private tutor, schoolteacher, bookshop assistant and journalist. In 1936, Orwell went to fight for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War and was wounded. In 1938 he was admitted into a sanatorium and from then on was never fully fit. George Orwell died in London in 1950.