Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) (Penguin Classics)

Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) (Penguin Classics)

Victor Hugo


ordinarily referred to as "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of darkish passions and unrequited love, "Notre-Dame de Paris", is translated with an creation by means of John Sturrock in "Penguin Classics". within the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and refrained from for his visual appeal, he's pitied in basic terms via Esmerelda, a gorgeous gypsy dancer to whom he turns into thoroughly committed. Esmerelda, even though, has additionally attracted the eye of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and whilst she rejects his lecherous techniques, Frollo hatches a plot to spoil her, that simply Quasimodo can hinder. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings lifestyles to the medieval Paris he enjoyed, and mourns its passing in a single of the best ancient romances of the 19th century. John Sturrock's transparent, modern translation is followed through an creation discussing it as a passionate novel of principles, written in defence of Gothic structure and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an unsightly external can disguise ethical attractiveness. This revised version additionally comprises additional interpreting and a chronology of Hugo's existence. Victor Hugo (1802-85) used to be a forceful and prolific author. He wrote volumes of feedback, Romantic dress dramas, lyrical and satirical verse and political journalism yet is better remembered for his novels, in particular "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831) and "Les Miserables" (1862) which was once tailored into the most winning musicals of all time. notwithstanding exiled to the Channel Islands through Napoleon III, Hugo back to Paris in 1870 and remained a very good public determine till his demise: his physique lay in country below the Arc de Triomphe, and he was once later buried within the Pantheon. in the event you loved "Notre-Dame de Paris", you could like Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera". "A nice author - artistic, witty, sly, innovatory". (A. S. Byatt, writer of Possession).

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