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(09/27/2008) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. New York. 2008. Modern Library. Translated From The French By Julie Rose. Introduction By Adam Gopnik. Notes By James Madden. keywords: Literature France 19th Century Translated. 1331 pages. Jacket painting is a detail of 'Umbrella' by Maria Bashkirserva. Jacket design by Gabrielle Bordwin. 9780679643333.

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   In this major new rendition by the acclaimed translator Julie Rose, Victor Hugo's tour de force, LES MISERABLES, is revealed in its full unabridged glory. A favorite of readers for nearly 150 years, and the basis for one of the most beloved stage musicals ever, this stirring tale of crime, punishment, justice, and redemption pulses with life and energy. Hugo sweeps readers from the French provinces to the back alleys of Paris, and from the battlefield of Waterloo to the bloody ramparts of Paris during the uprising of 1832. First published in 1862, this sprawling novel is an extravagant historical epic that is teeming with harrowing adventures and unforgettable characters. In the protagonist, Jean Valjean, a quintessential prisoner of conscience who languished for years in prison for stealing bread to feed his starving family, LES MISERABLES depicts one of the grand themes in literature-that of the hunted man. Woven into the narrative are the prevalent social issues of Hugo's day: injustice, authoritarian rule, social inequality, civic unrest. And this new translation brings astonishing vivacity and depth to Hugo's immortal dramatis personae-the relentless police detective Javert, the saintly bishop Myriel, the tragic prostitute Fantine and her innocent daughter, Cosette, the dashing lover Marius, and many others whom Jean Valjean encounters on his path to sublime sacrifice. Featuring an Introduction by the award-winning journalist and author Adam Gopnik, this Modern Library edition is an outstanding, authoritative translation of a masterpiece, a literary high-wire act that continues to astonish, stimulate, enlighten, and entertain readers around the world.

Victor Hugo, novelist, poet, playwright, and French national icon, is best known for two of today's most popular world classics: LES MISERABLES and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME, as well as other works, including THE TOILERS OF THE SEA and THE MAN WHO LAUGHS. Hugo was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1841. As a statesman, he was named a Peer of France in 1845. He served in France's National Assemblies in the Second Republic formed after the 1848 revolution, and in 1851 went into self-imposed exile upon the ascendance of Napoleon III, who restored France's government to authoritarian rule. Hugo returned to France in 1870 after the proclamation of the Third Republic.

Julie Rose's acclaimed translations include Alexandre Dumas's THE KNIGHT OF MAISON-ROUGE and Racine's PHADRE, as well as works by Paul Virilio, Jacques Ranciere, Chantal Thomas, and many others. She is a recipient of the PEN medallion for translation and the New South Wales Premier's Translation Prize.

Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris TO THE MOON and THROUGH THE CHILDREN'S GATE, and editor of the Library of America anthology Americans in Paris. He writes on various subjects for The New Yorker and has recently written introductions to works by Maupassant, Balzac, Proust, and Alain-Fournier.

 

 

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