By Victor Hugo

More often than not often called "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of darkish passions and unrequited love, "Notre-Dame de Paris", is translated with an creation by means of John Sturrock in "Penguin Classics". within the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and refrained from for his visual appeal, he's pitied simply by way of Esmerelda, a stunning gypsy dancer to whom he turns into thoroughly committed. Esmerelda, notwithstanding, has additionally attracted the eye of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and while she rejects his lecherous techniques, Frollo hatches a plot to damage her, that basically Quasimodo can hinder. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings existence to the medieval Paris he enjoyed, and mourns its passing in a single of the best ancient romances of the 19th century. John Sturrock's transparent, modern translation is observed by means of an creation discussing it as a passionate novel of principles, written in defence of Gothic structure and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an unpleasant external can cover ethical attractiveness. This revised version additionally comprises additional analyzing and a chronology of Hugo's lifestyles. Victor Hugo (1802-85) was once a forceful and prolific author. He wrote volumes of feedback, Romantic dress dramas, lyrical and satirical verse and political journalism yet is better remembered for his novels, in particular "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831) and "Les Miserables" (1862) which used to be tailored into probably the most profitable musicals of all time. even though exiled to the Channel Islands by means of Napoleon III, Hugo lower back to Paris in 1870 and remained a good public determine until eventually his loss of life: his physique lay in kingdom below the Arc de Triomphe, and he was once later buried within the Pantheon. in case you loved "Notre-Dame de Paris", you may like Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera". "A nice author - creative, witty, sly, innovatory". (A. S. Byatt, writer of Possession).

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