Les Miserables (Barnes & Noble Classics)

Les Miserables (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Victor Hugo 1593080662 9781593080662
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Les Miserables, byVictor Hugo, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features ofBarnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest.Barnes & Noble Classicspulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each readers understanding of these enduring works. One of the most widely read novels of all time,Les Misrableswas the crowning literary achievement ofVictor Hugos stunning career. Though he was considered the greatest French writer of his day, Hugo was forced to flee the country because of his opposition to Napoleon III. While in exile he completedLes Misrables, an enormous melodrama set against the background of political upheaval in France following the rule of Napoleon I.This newly abridged edition ofLes Misrablestells the story of the peasant Jean Valjeanunjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert. As Valjean struggles to redeem his past, we are thrust into the teeming underworld of Paris with all its poverty, ignorance, and suffering. Just as cruel tyranny threatens to extinguish the last vestiges of hope, rebellion sweeps over the land like wildfire, igniting a vast struggle for the democratic ideal in France.A monumental classic dedicated to the oppressed, the underdog, the laborer, the rebel, the orphan, and the misunderstood,Les Misrablesis a rich, emotional novel that captures nothing less than the entirety of life in nineteenth-century France.Laurence M. Porterhas published twelve books, includingVictor Hugo(1999), and a hundred articles andchapters. He was a National Endowment for the Humanties Senior Fellow in 1998.He teaches French at Michigan State University, where he won the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1995.

Author: Victor Hugo

Language: English

Edition: 3rd

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 896

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

Publication Date: 2003-11-01


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