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Les Misérables' classic story has been retold on stage, in film, and in song. Read the entire story in this complete and unabridged paperback edition!
Jean Valjean was convicted for stealing a loaf of bread; upon his release, hardened by years of labor, he steals a pair of candlesticks from a priest. . . and upon his re-capture for the crime, is changed by the priest's forgiveness and grace towards him. He becomes a factory owner, then a mayor, even taking upon himself a small child, Cosette, who was the daughter of one of his employees. However, he is hunted by Inspector Javert, and his reformed life is constantly under threat of discovery. Set against the June Rebellion, this historical novel is renowned for its epic storyline that covers the French political and judicial systems along with the intricate motivations of its memorable cast of characters.
Translated by Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, based on the 19th century Charles E. Wilbour translation. With an introduction by Lee Fahnestock and a new afterward by Chris Bohjalian. 1472 pages, softcover.
Number of Pages: 1488
Vendor: Signet Classics
|Publication Date: 2013|
Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjeanthe noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of breadLes Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose.
Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scopean extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.
Translated by Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, based on the classic nineteenth-century Charles E. Wilbour translation
Inlcudes an Introduction by Lee Fahnestock
and an Afterword by Chris Bohjalian
Q: What are the dimensions of this Oct 2013 publication?
The publisher lists the dimensions as 4.37 x 6.88in.