Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

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Les Miserables by French author Victor Hugo was first published in 1862, and is considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. Containing many sub-plots, the main one is the story of Jean Valjean who struggles to escape his criminal past, even when his actions carry nothing but goodness. With other well known characters such as Fantine, Cosette, and Inspector Javert, the story is told against the backdrop of the legacy of the French revolution, and a small Parisian insurrection and resistance that took place in June, 1832 (which Victor Hugo witnessed).

Incredibly, over a quarter of the novel doesn't further the plot at all, and is instead devoted to chapters that argue a moral point. In fact, 19 chapters are set aside for an account of the Battle of Waterloo, and its place in history. Despite this, it has been popular since it was published and has been translated into many other languages.

Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.

This book has 1,282 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1862. This translation by Isabel F. Hapgood was first published in 1887.

Production notes: This ebook of Les Miserables was published by Global Grey on the 29th September 2018 and updated on the 23rd July 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Fantine' by Margaret Bernadine Hall.

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