Les Misérables

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Modern Library, 2009 - Fiction - 1330 pages
49 Reviews
Translated by Julie Rose
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


In this major new rendition by the acclaimed translator Julie Rose, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is revealed in its full, unabridged glory. A favorite of readers for nearly 150 years, this stirring tale of crime, punishment, justice, and redemption pulses with life. Featuring such unforgettable characters as the quintessential prisoner of conscience Jean Valjean, the relentless police detective Javert, and the tragic prostitute Fantine and her innocent daughter, Cosette, Hugo's epic novel 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. With an Introduction by Adam Gopnik, this Modern Library edition is an outstanding translation of a masterpiece that continues to astonish and entertain readers around the world.

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Review: Les Misérables: Volume One (Die Elenden #01)

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An interesting and engaging read that provides valuable insight. At times however it descends into pages of detail that seem unnecessary to the story and can make you lose the flow of it a bit. Read full review

Review: Les Miserables (Stepping Stones)

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I was happily surprised by this book! I wanted a more-accessible Les Mis I could use to introduce my student to the amazing classic, but was worried an abridged version couldn't do it justice. But for ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Julie Rose's acclaimed translations include Alexandre Dumas's The Knight of Maison-Rouge and Racine's Phèdre, as well as works by Paul Virilio, Jacques Rancière, 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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