Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Penguin Books Ltd (UK)
  • 224 Seiten
  • Format: 180 mm x 111 mm x 25 mm
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 03.01.2013
  • Artikelnummer 978-0-14-139303-2

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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.

'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.'

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.

George Orwell
George Orwell, geboren 1903 in Motihari, Indien, verdingte sich zunächst bei der indischen Polizei in Birma. Er gab den Dienst aber 1927 aus Protest gegen die britischen Kolonialherren auf. Danach lebte er in London und Paris, und schlug sich als Tellerwäscher, Vagabund und Lehrer durchs Leben. Er schriebe zahlreiche Romane, Erzählungen, Essays und Gedichte. Orwell starb 1950.