By Victor Hugo
A super new translation via Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's exciting masterpiece, with an advent via Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Misérables) is the foundation for either the longest working musical at the West finish and the highly-acclaimed movie starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
Victor Hugo's story of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict made up our minds to place his legal previous at the back of him. yet his makes an attempt to turn into a revered member of the group are continually placed lower than hazard: by means of his personal moral sense, and via the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. it's not easily for himself that Valjean needs to remain loose, in spite of the fact that, for he has sworn to guard the infant daughter of Fantine, pushed to prostitution by means of poverty.
'A superb success. It reads simply, occasionally racily, and Hugo's narrative strength isn't enable down ... a nearly ideal translation, which brings the whole flavour of 1 of the best novels of the 19th century to new readers within the twenty-first' - William Doyle, occasions Literary Supplement
'The year's best e-book from Penguin Classics was once really The Wretched [...] a brand new translation via Christine Donougher of the radical we know as Les Misérables. you might imagine that 1,300 pages is a giant funding of time while the tale is so generic, yet no variation can exhibit the addictive excitement afforded via Victor Hugo's narrative voice: by way of turns chatty, crotchety, buoyant and savagely ironical, it's made to appear so modern and clean in Donougher's rendering that the ebook has the entire resonance of the main topical state-of-the-nation novel' - Telegraph
'Christine Donougher's seamless and intensely smooth translation of Les Misérables has an excellent impression in that it reminds readers that Hugo was once going extra than any Dickensian lament approximately social stipulations [...] The Wretched touches the soul' - bring in Scotland
Victor Hugo was once born in Besançon, France in 1802. In 1822 he released his first number of poetry and within the comparable yr, he married his adolescence buddy, Adèle Foucher. In 1831 he released his most renowned younger novel, Notre-Dame de Paris. A royalist and conservative as a tender guy, Hugo later turned a devoted social democrat and was once exiled from France due to his political actions. In 1862, he wrote his longest and maximum novel, The Wretched (Les Misérables). After his demise in 1885, his physique lay in nation lower than the Arc de Triomphe ahead of being buried within the Panthéon.
Christine Donougher is a contract translator and editor. She has translated quite a few books from French and Italian, and received the 1992 Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize for her translation of Sylvie Germain's The booklet of Nights.
Robert Tombs is Professor of heritage at St John's collage, Cambridge. His newest ebook is That candy Enemy: The French and the British from the sunlight King to the current, co-written with Isabelle Tombs.
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