Les Miserables

Les Miserables

By Victor Hugo

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, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; 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. A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misirables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July revolution of 1830. Norman Denny's introduction to his lively English translation discusses Hugo's political and artistic aims in writing Les Miserables.

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9780140444308

September 1, 1982

Penguin Classics (UK Adult)

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9780812974263

February 15, 2010

Random House USA

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9780141921518

September 1, 1982

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