Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

First published by Victor Gollancz Ltd (London) on 9 January 1933.

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O scathful harm, condition of poverte!

— Chaucer

Down and Out in Paris and London is a rare fabricated narration. It is an autobiographical work that does a fantastic job in describing using humor and without perceived prejudice, the experience of a broke writer from Britain in the beautiful cities of Paris and London. The episode that narrates his time in Paris where he got a job washing dishes for restaurants- a plongeur- as the French would call the Job. He recounts his experience in London as well, where he lived the street life with free lodgings and his various encounters with the homeless. This fictional body of work describes the social injustice and poverty that is prevalent in the society as suggested by George Orwell.