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By Victor Hugo, Norman MacAfee

Introducing essentially the most recognized characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks one of the maximum novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a conflict among strong and evil, and includes them to the barricades throughout the rebellion of 1832 with a wide ranging realism that's unsurpassed in sleek prose. inside of his dramatic tale are issues that catch the mind and the feelings: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean via Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the common wish to break out the prisons of our personal minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his feedback of the French political and judicial platforms, however the portrait that resulted is bigger than existence, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses at the same time it touches the heart.
 
This Signet Classics version is the one thoroughly unabridged paperback variation on hand today.
 
Translated through Lee Fahnestock and Norman Macafee, according to the vintage nineteenth-century Charles E. Wilbour translation
 
With an creation through Lee Fahnestock
and a brand new Afterword
 

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The Hugos stayed jointly as buddies, and in 1833 Hugo met the actress Juliette Drouet, who could stay his basic mistress until eventually her demise fifty years later. own tragedy pursued Hugo relentlessly. His jealous brother Eugène went completely insane at Victor’s marriage ceremony to Adèle. 3 of Victor’s youngsters died prior to him. His favourite, Léopoldine, with her unborn baby and her committed husband, died at nineteen in a boating twist of fate at the Seine. the only survivor, Adèle (named after her mother), will be institutionalized for greater than thirty years. Hugo’s early royalist sympathies shifted towards liberalism throughout the past due 1820s below the impacts of the fiery liberal priest Félicité de Lamennais; of his shut buddy Charles Nodier, an ardent opponent of capital punishment; and of his father, a common less than Napoleon I. He first held political place of work in 1843, and as he grew to become extra engaged in France’s social issues, he was once elected to the Constitutional meeting following the Revolution of 1848. an entire life suggest of freedom and justice, usually at his personal peril, Hugo spearheaded the Romantic circulation that associated artists to the political realm. After Napoleon III’s coup d‘état in 1851, Hugo’s open competition created hostilities that led to his flight out of the country from the hot executive. Hugo’s exile took him first to Belgium, after which to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Declining at the very least deals of amnesty—which may have intended curbing his competition to the Empire—Hugo remained out of the country for nineteen years, till Napoléon’s fall in 1870. in the meantime, the seclusion of the islands enabled Hugo to jot down a few of his most famed verse and his masterpiece, the radical Les Misérables. while he back to Paris, the rustic hailed him as a hero. Hugo then weathered, inside a short interval, the siege of Paris, the institutionalization of his daughter for madness, and the demise of his sons. regardless of this own suffering, the getting older writer remained devoted to political switch. He grew to become an the world over respected determine who helped to maintain and form the 3rd Republic and democracy in France. Hugo’s loss of life on could 22,1885, generated excessive nationwide mourning; greater than million humans joined his funeral procession in Paris from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panthéon the place he used to be buried. the realm OF VICTOR HUGO AND LES MISÉRABLES 1797 Hugo’s mom and dad, Joseph-Léopold Hugo and Sophie Trébuchet, marry. they'll have 3 sons: Abel (1798), Eugène (1800), and Victor-Marie (1802), who's born in Besançon on February 26. An officer within the military of Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoléon I), Léopold needs to trip consistently in the course of Victor’s formative years. 1803—Marital difficulties ensue as Sophie can't tolerate the transience 1812 of military lifestyles; ultimately, she settles in Paris along with her 3 kids. either mom and dad begin extramarital affairs. The family members travels to Corsica and Elba, the place Léopold is stationed. He later instructions the troops that may suppress freedom combatants in occupied Italy and Spain, occasionally nailing their severed heads above church doorways.

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