Les Miserables

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Victor Hugo's towering novel of Jean Valjean, his unjust imprisonment, and his lifelong flight from a relentless police officer.
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Simon and Schuster
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Dec 31, 2012
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1779
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9781625585790
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English
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Fiction / General
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A brilliant modern translation by Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's thrilling masterpiece, with an introduction by Robert Tombs.

This is the best translation of the novel available in English, as recommended by David Bellos in The Novel of the Century.

Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty.

'A magnificent achievement. It reads easily, sometimes racily, and Hugo's narrative power is never let down ... An almost flawless translation, which brings the full flavour of one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century to new readers in the twenty-first' - William Doyle, Times Literary Supplement

'The year's most interesting publication from Penguin Classics was [...] a new translation by Christine Donougher of the novel we all know as Les Misérables. You may think that 1,300 pages is a huge investment of time when the story is so familiar, but no adaptation can convey the addictive pleasure afforded by Victor Hugo's narrative voice: by turns chatty, crotchety, buoyant and savagely ironical, it's made to seem so contemporary and fresh in Donougher's rendering that the book has all the resonance of the most topical state-of-the-nation novel' - Telegraph

'Christine Donougher's seamless and very modern translation of Les Misérables has an astonishing effect in that it reminds readers that Hugo was going further than any Dickensian lament about social conditions [...]The Wretched touches the soul' - Herald Scotland

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco

ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
Victor Hugo, the greatest Romantic writer of them all, is finally available in Delphi’s bestselling range of titles. This monumental eBook offers readers the most complete collection ever compiled of Hugo’s FICTIONAL works in English translation, with many bonus texts. (Version 2)

* concise introductions to the novels and other works
* images of how the novels first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* ALL 9 novels in English, each with contents tables
* many of the novels are fully-illustrated with their original artwork
* includes BUG-JARGAL – Hugo’s first novel, which he wrote after a wager – first time in digital print!
* for the first time, all novels are presented with their French versions – sample the true brilliance of Hugo’s original text, in between reading the English translations
* features a large sample of English translations of poetry
* BONUS selection of six Non-Fiction texts
* boasts a special literary criticism section, with works by famous writers such as Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James, examining Hugo’s contribution to literature
* includes Hugo’s Memoirs – explore the great writer’s private notebooks!
* ALSO includes G. Barnett Smith’s famous biography – immerse yourself in Hugo’s literary life!
* packed full of images relating to Hugo’s life, works, places and film adaptations
* scholarly ordering of texts in chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Hugo’s immense oeuvre

Please note: an actual complete works of Victor Hugo in English is not possible due to copyright restrictions, scarce plays and some works having never been translated. However, we do ensure our customers that every possible major text is included.

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
BUG-JARGAL
HANS OF ICELAND
THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME
CLAUDE GUEUX
LES MISÉRABLES
TOILERS OF THE SEA
THE MAN WHO LAUGHS
NINETY-THREE

The Novels in French

The Poetry
POEMS IN TRANSLATION
ODES ET BALLADES
LES ORIENTALES
LES FEUILLES D’AUTOMNE
LES CHANTS DU CREPUSCULE
LES VOIX INTÉRIEURES
LES RAYONS ET LES OMBRES
LES CHATIMENTS
LES CONTEMPLATIONS
LA LÉGENDE DES SIÈCLES: PREMIERE SERIE
LES CHANSONS DES RUES ET DES BOIS
LA VOIX DE GUERNESEY
L’ANNEE TERRIBLE
L’ART D’ETRE GRAND-PERE
LA LÉGENDE DES SIÈCLES: NOUVELLE SERIE
LE PAPE
LA PITIE SUPREME
L’ÂNE
RELIGIONS ET RELIGION
LES QUATRE VENTS DE L’ESPRIT
LA LÉGENDE DES SIÈCLES: DERNIERE SERIE
LA FIN DE SATAN
TOUTE LA LYRE
DIEU
LES ANNÉES FUNESTES
DERNIERE GERBE
POÈMES UNCOLLECTED

The Plays (in French)
CROMWELL
THE BURGRAVES
HERNANI
LUCRÈCE BORGIA
MARIE TUDOR
RUY BLAS

Selected Non-Fiction
NAPOLEON THE LITTLE
EXTRACTS FROM HUGO’S ESSAY ON SHAKESPEARE
LETTER TO THE LONDON NEWS REGARDING JOHN BROWN
ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
EXTRACTS FROM SATIRISTS AND MORALISTS
THE HISTORY OF A CRIME

The Criticism
VICTOR HUGO BY JOHN COWPER POWYS
LETTER ON HUGO BY CHARLES DICKENS
VICTOR HUGO’S LAST NOVEL BY HENRY JAMES
THE LEGEND OF VICTOR HUGO BY PAUL LAFARGUE
VICTOR HUGO’S ROMANCES BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
TO VICTOR HUGO BY ALFRED TENNYSON

The Biographies
THE MEMOIRS OF VICTOR HUGO
VICTOR HUGO: HIS LIFE AND WORK BY G. BARNETT SMITH

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