Victor Hugo's Les Miserables is one of the great works of western literature. Now in a new translation from the French by Christine Donougher, Les Miserables is at once a thrilling narrative - part comedy, mystery, romance and tragedy - and a social document of France's turbulent revolutionary history.
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 Inspector 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.
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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