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The Wretched
by Hugo, Victor

ISBN: 9780141442280
PUBLISHER: Penguin Classics
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 1456
DIMENSIONS: 19.8 x 12.9 x 5.4 centimetres 1.8 pounds

This is a brilliant new translation by Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's thrilling masterpiece, with an introduction by Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Miserables) is the basis for both the longest running musical on the West End and the highly-acclaimed film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. 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 actually The Wretched {...} a new translation by Christine Donougher of the novel we all know as Les Miserables. 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

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