The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

      Victor Hugo / History & Fiction
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to Victor Hugo's brilliant historical imagination and his remarkable powers of description.
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    The Last Day of a Condemned Man

      Victor Hugo / History & Fiction
The Last Day of a Condemned Man

Before hearing my death sentence I was aware that my lungs breathed, that my heart beat, and that my body lived in the community of other men; now, I plainly saw that a barrier had sprung up between them and me. Nothing was the same as before. The imprisoned narrator of this profoundly moving novel awaits executionOCoand waits, and waits. Although his guilt is undeniable, his essential humanity emerges as he struggles with the certainty of impending death. Victor Hugo's impassioned early work carries the same power and universality as "Les ""Mis(r)rables." A vocal opponent to the barbarity of the guillotine, Hugo attempted to arouse compassion in the service of justice. This tale distills his beliefs and offers a highly significant contribution to the ongoing debate over the death penalty. A new Foreword by activist David Dow examines the message and relevance of Hugo's story to modern society."
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    The Man Who Laughs

      Victor Hugo / History & Fiction
The Man Who Laughs

Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs (first published under the French title L'Homme qui Rit in April 1869) is a sad and sordid tale -- not the sort of tale of the moment Hugo was known for. It starts on the night of January 29, 1690, a ten-year-old boy abandoned -- the stern men who've kept him since infancy have wearied of him. The boy wanders, barefoot and starving, through a snowstorm to reach a gibbet bearing the corpse of a hanged criminal. Beneath the gibbet is a ragged woman, frozen to death. The boy is about to move onward when he hears a sound within the woman's garments: He discovers an infant girl, barely alive, clutching the woman's breast. A single drop of frozen milk, resembling a pearl, is on the woman's lifeless breast...

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    Les Misérables

      Victor Hugo / History & Fiction
Les Misérables

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    Notre-Dame De Paris

      Victor Hugo / History & Fiction
Notre-Dame De Paris

VICTOR HUGO (1802-1885) est la figure centrale du français a des romantisme grands maîtres de poésie à il à Apporte Laquelle Liberté de sujet, de la diction et de la versification. Avec la préface de "Hernani" il Écrit le nouveau manifest du théâtre romantique. Mais c'est Avec SES romans "Notre Dame de Paris" (1831), "Les Misérables" (1862), "Les Travailleurs de la mer" (1866) et "Quatre-vingt-treize" (1873) Qu'il reached sont de sommet Popularité Par. Victor Hugo un homme is also politique: en 1848 il Est à l'Assemblée Nationale Élu, il l'Puis d'exil entre connut 1851 et à fils retour à 1870. Paris, il FUT à nouveau et Élu député de Sénateur: Finalement Troisième République. L'Académie se retailler Parmi SES en 1841. Membres "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831). L'Action est deroule en 1482 et présent terribles histoire d'Esméralda et de l'Qui lui amour fou Voue l'archidiacre de Cathedrale, Claude Frollo, de Faust Une Sorte Qui a entre grimoires vieilli. Quasimodo, difformes géant, Agit sous d'ABORD l'Emprise de l'archidiacre à tour Mais fils sous le charme tombe de la belle et jeune gitane. Le décor is, of course, la Cathédrale et ses alentours, Mais aussi la Cour des Miracles, des Truands ous pullule le mensonge de Paris.
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