Notre-dame Of Paris by Victor Hugo

Notre-dame Of Paris

byVictor HugoTranslated byJohn SturrockIntroduction byJohn Sturrock

Paperback | October 26, 1978

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More commonly known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of dark passions and unrequited love

In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.

John Sturrock's clear, contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas, written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty. This revised edition also includes further reading and a chronology of Hugo's life.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Victor Hugo (1802-85) was a forceful and prolific writer. He became a committed social democrat and during the Second Empire of Napoleon III was exiled from France, living in the Channel Islands. His body is now buried in the Pantheon. John Sturrock has translated many Penguin Classics, including Proust. He has written on Jorge Luis...
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Title:Notre-dame Of ParisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.79 × 5.08 × 0.93 inPublished:October 26, 1978Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140443533

ISBN - 13:9780140443530

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Gripping, dramatic and flamboyant, Victor Hugo’s first novel, published in 1831 has become the quintessential French romantic novel, with unforgettable, larger-than-life characters. Sensational, yet skillful and subtle, Penguin Classics: Notre-Dame of Paris is the tragic tale of Quasimodo, the lonely hunchback, La Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy and Frollo, the manic archdeacon. Notre-Dame’s breathtaking Gothic architecture dominates the novel both literally and symbolically. This rich, evocative, epic tale brings 1482 Paris to brilliant life. Superb translator John Sturrock evokes Hugo’s romantic spirit for English readers.