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Alexandre Dumas' epic tale of suffering and revenge inspired by a real-life case of wrongful imprisonment, the Penguin Classics edition of The Count of Monte Cristo is translated with an introduction by Robin Buss.
Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed Edmond Dantès spends fourteen bitter years imprisoned in the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsive for his incarceration. No longer the naïve sailor who disappeared into the dungeon all those years ago, he reinvents himself as the charming, mysterious and powerful Count of Monte Cristo. A huge popular success when it was first serialized in the 1840s, The Count of Monte Cristo has been a fixture of western literature ever since, and the subject of countless film and TV adaptations.
Robin Buss' lively translation is complete and unabridged, and remains faithful to the style of Dumas' original. This edition also includes an introduction, explanatory notes, a new chronology and updated suggestions for further reading.
Alexandre Dumas (1802-70) was a pioneer of Romantic theatre in France, but in 1839 he turned his attention to writing the novels for which he is best known today, pften using collaborators such as Auguste Maquet to suggest plots or historical background. His most famous works include The Three Musketeers (1844), The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-5) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1847).
If you enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo you might enjoy Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, also available in Penguin Classics.
'What makes The Count Of Monte Cristo such a superior story is that revenge is not the only emotion driving the plot ... it is an almost perfect story - also in the mix are love, friendship, jealousy, faith, education, snobbery and class'
Sunday Express
'The greatest of escape stories'
Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9780140449266

    July 21, 2003

    Penguin Classics

    1312 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099518945

    August 3, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    1472 pages

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    9780451529701

    March 3, 2006

    Signet

    528 pages

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    9780553213508

    February 1, 1998

    Bantam US

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  • The Count Of Monte Cristo
    Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas

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    9781409077688

    February 15, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    1472 pages

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    Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre Dumas

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    9780141901251

    July 21, 2003

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    9789380028675

    January 15, 2013

    Steerforth Press

    116 pages

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    9780141392462

    January 7, 2013

    Penguin Classics

    1282 pages

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