Les Miserables

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Harper Collins, Oct 2, 2012 - Fiction - 1275 pages
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One of the greatest epic novels in history, Les Misérables is the moving story of Jean Valjean’s struggle for redemption and his lifelong pursuit by Javert, a police detective determined to return Valjean to chains. Always one step ahead of Javert, Valjean encounters the tragic Fantine, and ultimately rescues Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, from her wretched life with the Thénadiers, treating the child as his own as she comes of age in pre-revolutionary Paris.

This special edition of Les Misérables also contains a review from the July 1862 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

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Book IIThe Great Bourgeois Book IIIThe Grandfather and the Grandson Book IVThe Friends of the A B C
Book VThe Excellence of Misfortune Book VIThe Conjunction of Two Stars Book VIIPatron Minette
Book IA Few Pages of History
Book IIÉponine
Book IIIThe House in the Rue Plumet Book IVSuccor From Below May Turn Out to be Succor From on High
Book VThe End of Which Does Not Resemble the Beginning Book VILittle Gavroche
Book VIISlang
BookVIIIEnchantments and Desolations Book IXWhither Are They Going? Book XThe 5th of June 1832
Book XIThe Atom Fraternizes With the Hurricane Book XIICorinthe
Jean Valjean
Book IVJavert Derailed
Letter to M Daelli

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The best-known of the French Romantic writers, Victor Hugo was a poet, novelist, dramatist, and political critic. Hugo was an avid supporter of French republicanism and advocate for social and political equality, themes that reflect most strongly in his works Les Misérables, Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), and Le Dernier jour d'un condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man). Hugo’s literary works were successful from the outset, earning him a pension from Louis XVIII and membership in the prestigious Académie française, and influencing the work of literary figures such as Albert Camus, Charles Dickens, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Elevated to the peerage by King Louis-Philippe, Hugo played an active role in French politics through the 1848 Revolution and into the Second and Third Republics. Hugo died in 1885, revered not only for his influence on French literature, but also for his role in shaping French democracy. He is buried in the Panthéon alongside Alexandre Dumas and émile Zola.

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