By Victor Hugo

[The long-delayed new translation of Les Misérables by means of Donougher, meant to be the motion picture tie-in, ultimately released a bit over a yr after the unique unencumber date.]

This is an excellent new translation by means of Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's exciting masterpiece, with an advent by means of Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Miserables) is the foundation for either the longest working musical at the West finish and the highly-acclaimed fresh movie starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Victor Hugo's story of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict decided to place his legal prior at the back of him. yet his makes an attempt to turn into a revered member of the group are regularly placed less than chance: via his personal judgment of right and wrong, and by way of the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. it's not easily for himself that Valjean needs to remain unfastened, despite the fact that, for he has sworn to guard the newborn daughter of Fantine, pushed to prostitution by means of poverty. Victor Hugo used to be born in Besancon, France in 1802. In 1822 he released his first selection of poetry and within the similar 12 months, he married his formative years good friend, Adele Foucher. In 1831 he released his most famed younger novel, Notre-Dame de Paris. A royalist and conservative as a tender guy, Hugo later grew to become a devoted social democrat and used to be exiled from France because of his political actions. In 1862, he wrote his longest and maximum novel, The Wretched (Les Miserables). After his loss of life in 1885, his physique lay in country less than the Arc de Triomphe prior to being buried within the Pantheon. Christine Donougher is a contract translator and editor. She has translated various books from French and Italian, and received the 1992 Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize for her translation of Sylvie Germain's The booklet of Nights. Robert Tombs is Professor of background at St John's collage, Cambridge. His latest publication is That candy Enemy: The French and the British from the sunlight King to the current, co-written with Isabelle Tombs.

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