Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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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.

Published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is remarkable for its clarity and detailed descriptions of the 1832 rebellion. Enormously popular upon publication, Les Misérables has been adapted for the stage and film, including the forthcoming movie starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway (2012). This special edition of Les Misérables also contains a review from the July 1862 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

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About Victor Hugo

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Laurence M. Porter has published twelve books, including Victor Hugo (1999), and a hundred articles and chapters. 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.
Published April 9, 2013 by HarperPerennial Classics. 1275 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Les Miz is not a story mired in the red and the black of 19th Century Paris, but is something to which we can all relate: the injustice of a man imprisoned far too long for stealing a loaf of bread, the redemptive power of a single act of kindness, the blindness of a justice system that can neve...

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