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Les Miserables (Penguin Classics), Hugo, Victor
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Author Name:    Hugo, Victor

Title:   Les Miserables (Penguin Classics)

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Penguin Classics 

ISBN Number:   0140444300 / 9780140444308

Seller ID:   ING9780140444308

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'He was no longer Jean Valjean, but No. 24601'

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 Miserables 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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