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The Wretched - Victor Hugo
The Wretched
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A brilliant new translation by Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's thrilling masterpiece, with an introduction by Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Mis�rables) is the basis for both the longest running musical on the West End and the highly-acclaimed recent film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne... show more
A brilliant new translation by Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's thrilling masterpiece, with an introduction by Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Mis�rables) is the basis for both the longest running musical on the West End and the highly-acclaimed recent film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty.Victor Hugo was born in Besan�on, France in 1802. In 1822 he published his first collection of poetry and in the same year, he married his childhood friend, Ad�le Foucher. In 1831 he published his most famous youthful novel, Notre-Dame de Paris. A royalist and conservative as a young man, Hugo later became a committed social democrat and was exiled from France as a result of his political activities. In 1862, he wrote his longest and greatest novel, The Wretched (Les Mis�rables). After his death in 1885, his body lay in state under the Arc de Triomphe before being buried in the Panth�on.Christine Donougher is a freelance translator and editor. She has translated numerous books from French and Italian, and won the 1992 Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize for her translation of Sylvie Germain's The Book of Nights.Robert Tombs is Professor of History at St John's College, Cambridge. His most recent book is That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present, co-written with Isabelle Tombs.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141392622
ASIN: B00AM7E2DW
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 232
Edition language: English
Series: Les Misérables (#1)
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Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
3.0 Les Misérables
Not bad, but so reminiscent of Great Expectations and similar stories off the 100 Books list. This was, with Jean ValJean much more obvious. Of course he was going to be the 'hero' at the end. So sad for the girl to lose hair, then teeth, then prostitute to give money to the keepers of her child.
Haidji - Books...and...Books!
Haidji - Books...and...Books! rated it
5.0 Masterpiece
Les MIserables. This book is a masterpiece.It is an incredible story of temptations, redemptions, evil, love; it describes how miserablelife in that era of France was for the common people. A story about real life, with fictional characters creating real people, and the social perspective is as ...
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5.0 Les Misérables
In my vacation, over the last two weeks, I visited the birthplace of Victor Hugo in Besançon, his home in Paris where his children were born, and his grave in Pantheon. I also read his “Les Miserables” again, that is 21 years after I read it for the first time in my High School in France, and I was ...
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover
Dang Rover: Cover to Cover rated it
5.0 #LesMiserables: A Timeless Triumph
As so many have discovered in the 153 years since it was written, Les Miserables is a triumph. I had heard it called the greatest story ever told. I doubted. I was wrong. It’s a story of redemption and love told through Jean Valjean, one of the greatest characters ever written. THE greates...
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