The homeless offered first-rate material for novelists and journalists during most of 20th century. Novels written by George Orwell, as well as Leo Malet, to mention just two authors, painted rather dark pictures of this acute problem faced by industrial societies.
Some decades ago, the clochards of Paris were considered a tourist attraction.
But all this seemed marginal and European societies gave the impression that the eradication of homelessness – a real social disease – was the target of ...

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